Terracotta gorgoneion antefix (roof tile)
2nd half of the 5th century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
H. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm.)
W. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm.)
Rogers Fund, 1920
The style of this gorgoneion antefix is of a transitional type between the archaic, more fierce Medusa and the calm Medusa of later centuries. Traces of white slip remain on her face, and a few traces of paint from the once bright yellow hair can still be seen on her head. The irises of her eyes would have been painted blue or black.
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