Terracotta gorgoneion antefix (roof tile)


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.

Terracotta gorgoneion antefix (roof tile), Terracotta, Greek

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