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Faience head of Medusa

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Faience head of Medusa


ornamental element




plaque, with face of gorgon, baring her fangs. Medusa was a figure of Greek mythology who could turn men to stone. Her face is usually shown as frontal and she was believed to ward off evil. She often appears in funerary contexts, particularly on the attachments that decorated coffins.

Field Collection



depth 0.7 cm
length 4.2 cm
width 4 cm


A.D. 50 — A.D. 100


bequeathed: Gayer-Anderson, Major R.G. 1943 (Filtered for: Antiquities)



Accession Number

E.GA.5989.1943 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 59604; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-12)

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