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Hellenistic Medusa amulet necklace, Circa 4th-2nd Century BC
In Greek mythology Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, and gazing directly upon her would turn onlookers to stone. Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head 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, like those pictured above, appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion. The image was used on jewelry, coins, amulets, appliques and armor to ward off evil.
The necklace, consisting of fifteen mould-pressed flat-backed glass beads, eight in opaque light green, seven in opaque yellow, all from the same or very similar mould, depicting grotesque Medusa masks with round faces, cleft chins, and open mouths with tongues sticking out.

archaicwonder:

Hellenistic Medusa amulet necklace, Circa 4th-2nd Century BC

In Greek mythology Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, and gazing directly upon her would turn onlookers to stone. Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head 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, like those pictured above, appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion. The image was used on jewelry, coins, amulets, appliques and armor to ward off evil.

The necklace, consisting of fifteen mould-pressed flat-backed glass beads, eight in opaque light green, seven in opaque yellow, all from the same or very similar mould, depicting grotesque Medusa masks with round faces, cleft chins, and open mouths with tongues sticking out.