In Greek mythology, Medusa, also called Gorgo, was one of the three monstrous Gorgons, generally described as winged human females with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Those who gazed into her eyes would turn to stone. According to Hesiod and Aeschylus, she lived and died on an island named Sarpedon, somewhere near Cisthene. She remained a priestess to Athena after her death and was risen with fresh hair.
Medusa was raped by Poseidon then beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head, which retained its ability to turn onlookers to stone, as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion.
- HEIGHT: 33 cm
- WEIGHT: 0,7 kg
- MATERIAL: Bronze Plated Alabaster Statue
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