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Terracotta gorgoneion antefix (roof tile)

Period:
Classical
Date:
2nd half of the 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm.)
W. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm.)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.215
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
Pinney, Margaret E. 1923. "Greek Terracottas." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(9): p. 215.

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