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Mask

Date:
late 18th–early 19th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 4 3/8 × 5 3/8 × 1 3/8 in. (11.1 × 13.7 × 3.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gilt Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906
Accession Number:
07.225.510.255
Not on view
The monumentality of this fragment belies its size, and the powerful Medusa head illustrates that the distinction between sculpture and the decorative arts cannot always be clearly drawn. This head, with its agonized expression, may have been part of a clock with the figures of Perseus and his bride, Andromeda. The Greek hero slew the gorgon Medusa and afterward saved Andromeda from a sea monster.
Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)
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