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Roman Medusa cameo ring

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Roman Medusa cameo ring
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Description

Ancient Roman cameo of the head of Medusa. /Gorgoneion./, in nineteenth century gold mount. The nose of Medusa is chipped and “missing” in parts, otherwise in good condition. The cameo is ca. 3 cent A.D.

In Greek mythology Medusa (Greek: Μέδουσα (Médousa), “guardian, protectress”)[1] was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly upon her would turn onlookers to stone. Most sources describe her as the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto,[2] though the author Hyginus (Fabulae, 151) interposes a generation and gives Medusa another chthonic pair as parents.[3]
Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head as a weapon[4] 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.

Size of bezel:18×16 mm
Ring size: “J”+1/2 =US “5”+1/4

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