One of the most iconic characters in ancient Greek mythology, Medusa (whose name means 'guardian, protectress') was a monster. A Gorgon. She was a winged female who had living venomous snakes instead of hair. Anyone who looked at her face would be petrified...literally 'turned into stone'.
She was not always a Gorgon, however. She had been a beautiful young girl, who, after (according to one version of the myth) being raped by Poseidon in Athena's temple, was transformed by Athena.
She was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who managed to avoid being turned into stone, thanks to various gifts from the gods: Athena gave him a polished shield so that he could avoid looking straight at Medusa; Hermes gave him winged sandals; Hephaistos gave him a sword, and Hades a helmet of invisibility.
When she died, Medusa was pregnant by Poseidon, so when Perseus beheaded her, Pegasus the winged horse emerged.
Medusa's image, in the form of her severed snake-haired head, became known as a Gorgoneion. It formed a central element in the aegis of Athena, and developed as an apotropaeic symbol, designed to ward off evil.
|dimensions etc||Height: 28cm Width: 28cm Depth to wall: 12.5cm|
|material||Bronze, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique.|
|country of origin||Made in Greece.|
bronze mask of Medusa
- Code: BM-02
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £208.33