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Terracotta gorgoneion antefix (roof tile)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 580–570 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm.) W. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm.)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.210.44
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The frightening features of this Gorgon head, its petrifying eyes and sharp teeth, correspond to its Archaic date and were likely intended to ward off evil. Throughout the following century, the Gorgon tended to lose its more terrifying characteristics, and by the Late Classical period, its features were sweetened.
Said to be from Taranto

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 71, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Robinson, David Moore. 1923. "Etruscan-Campanian Antefixes and Other Terra-Cottas from Italy at the Johns Hopkins University." American Journal of Archaeology, 27(1): no. 1, p. 12, fig. 13.

van Buren, E. Douglas. 1923. Archaic Fictile Revetments in Sicily and Magna Graecia. pp. 140-1, fig. 55, pl. XIV, London: J. Murray.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 30 n. 12, 179, pl. 19e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Caranti Martignago, Stefania. 1981. La Collezione archeologia "Paolo Orsi" del Museo civico di Rovereto. pp. 80, 122, Trento: Provincia Autonoma di Trento.

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