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Terracotta antefix (roof tile)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H.: 8 x 10 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.73
Not on view
This terracotta antefix with the head of Medusa originally decorated the edge of a roof of a building. The head of Medusa, a frequently featured device, would have been appropriate along the facade of a building, warding off any approaching evil.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1928. "Recent Accessions of the Classical Department." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 23 (3): p. 82.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 179, pl. 19d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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