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Roundel Featuring the Head of Medusa - FZ.360
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 3.75" (9.5cm) high x 3.25" (8.3cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Style: Roman
Medium: Bronze


Additional Information: sold

Location: United States
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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. - (FZ.360)

 

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