This relief representation of the gorgoneion is inspired by the two gold gorgoneia, that were found in the antechamber of the tomb of Philip II, at Vergina, in Macedonia-Greece. They date back to 4th century B.C. The relief plaque is made of copper, plated in 24K gold solution and mounted on an acrylic back (plexiglass).
Dimensions: 8 cm x 13 cm x 2,5 cm
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The gorgoneion was the face of the Gorgon Medusa, which was wrapped in snakes and according to mythology, it petrified whoever looked at it. In ancient Greece, the gorgoneion was depicted in amulets and shields, in order to scare the enemies. According to Greek mythology, Perseus killed Medusa and decorated the shield of Goddess Athena with her head. It is a very ancient apotropaic symbol, which evolved from a mask of absolute horror to an image of utter beauty in the 4th century.
Two valuable cast gorgoneia, decorated the armour of Philip II of Macedonia, which were found in his tomb in Vergina. These are the oldest findings of this "beautiful" type, as they are called and are brilliant examples of sculpting in Greek art.
The gorgoneia are kept at the Royal Tombs Museum in Vergina, Macedonia.
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