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Medusa Head large plaque

Made of cast stone and hand-finished in antique finish
Finish: Antique Stone
Dimensions: Diameter 24"  Depth 3.25" (61cm x 8cm)
Weight: 18 lbs (8.2 kg)
Item No. 222
Period: Greek Age (7th-4th century B.C.)


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In Greek mythology, Medusa (“Queen”), was a monstrous female character whose gaze could turn people to stone. Some classical references describe her as one of three Gorgon sisters. Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale were monsters with brass hands, sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous serpents. In the most well known version of the myth, Medusa originally started out as a beautiful human. She was raped by Poseidon in Athena’s temple. Poseidon was an arch-rival of Athena’s since at one time he vied for patronage of Athens; the soon-to-become Athenians chose Athena’s offering of the olive tree over Poseidon’s offering of horses or a spring of water. Upon discovery of the desecration of her temple, Athena changed Medusa’s form to match that of her sister Gorgons as punishment. Medusa’s hair turned into snakes and her glance would turn all living creatures to stone. She was banished beyond the Hyperborean lands. While Medusa was pregnant by Poseidon, she was beheaded by the hero Perseus with help from Athena and Hermes. From her neck came her offspring: Pegasus and Chrysaor. Perseus used Medusa’s head to rescue Andromeda, kill Polydectes, and, in some versions, petrify the Titan Atlas. Then he gave it to Athena, who placed it on her shield Aegis.

Made of cast stone. Cast stone is a type of gypsum cement whose properties are much different from plaster of paris which is what most sculpture shops use. Unlike plaster, which is soft, light and weak, cast stone is hard, heavy and strong. Cast stone feels like, and is heavy like a real stone would be, which can be experienced as soon you try to lift it.

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