A bronze roundel such as this could have been
used as a decoration for items ranging from the
latches of a chest to the ends of the arms of a
chair. Perhaps they were places on chariots, a
sort of logo for the rider. Whatever the original
function, one can still appreciate the inherent
beauty of the craftsmanship. The head is carved
in delicate relief with intricate attention paid to
the fine texture of the wavy hair. This is a typical
rendering of the head of the ferocious gorgon,
Medusa. Look into her eyes, but be cautious.
She gazes out at us, frozen, as we shall become.
Her eyelids fold over the pupils. Without
question, these large round eyes are the focus of
the piece, the eyes and the serpentine hair. The
power of this bronze decoration would surely
have dominated whatever object it adorned. Like
the eyes of Medusa, it draws the viewer’s
attention and mesmerizes us.