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Tondo with the head of Medusa
Tondo with the head of Medusa - Ancient Art Style Tondo with the head of Medusa -
Ref : 89449
12 900 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
Italy
Medium :
Terracotta
Dimensions :
Ø 10.24 inch
Ancient Art  - Tondo with the head of Medusa
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Tondo with the head of Medusa

Terracotta
Greek, Sicily,Centuripe, 3rd - 2nd century BC.
?: 26 cm

Round disc framed by an astragal band with almost plastic winged head of Medusa. Around her neck Medusa wears a torque and snake tails. The head is surrounded by scales indicating that the tondo represents the aegis respectively the shield of Athena. On top of the head are two holes for attachment. The tondo was most probably hung up as an oscillum decorating a chamber tomb or a sanctuary.

Put together from large fragments but complete.

Provenance: Swiss private collection of a scholar, bought at Galeria Serodine, Ascona 1986.

Cf. L. Frey-Asche, Tonfiguren aus dem Altertum. Antike Terrakotten im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (Hamburg 1997) S.91-93, Nr. 61; Katalog der antiken Terrakotten im Badischen Landesmuseum Karlsruhe (1989) Taf. 161, 975; compare also for similar examples: Münzen und Medaillen AG Basel, Kunstwerke der Antike, Auktion 34, Lot 75; G&M 210, Nr. 348.

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