Head of Medusa
Medusa, one of the three Gorgon sisters and the only one who was mortal. Because of her appearance, Medusa has the power to turn anyone who gazes upon her to stone.
She was originally a golden-haired, fair maiden, who, as a priestess of Athena, was devoted to a life of celibacy; however, after being wooed by Poseidon and falling for him, she forgot her vows and married him, thereby desecrating Athena's temple. For this offence, she was punished by the goddess in a most terrible manner. Each wavy lock of the beautiful hair that had charmed her husband was changed into a venomous snake; her once gentle, love-inspiring eyes turned into blood-shot, furious orbs, which excited fear and disgust in the mind of the onlooker; whilst her former roseate hue and milk-white skin assumed a loathsome greenish tinge.
Cold Cast Bronze
14 1/2" H