A Roman Marble relief of two Snakes Heads

A Roman Marble relief of two Snakes Heads

c. 50 to c. 150 Italy

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A Roman Marble relief of two Snakes Heads
1 st Century A.D

Size : 4 cm high , 10 cm wide -1½ ins high , 4 ins wide
The head of Medusa is represented in works of art with a countenance of touching beauty and a wealth of hair wreathed with snakes . Mythology states that she had been a fair maiden whose luxuriant hair had been turned by Athene into snakes in revenge for the desecration of her sanctuary . Her head was cut off by Perseus and was after regarded as a means of protection against enchantment either by word or deed , and the snake became employed as a powerful amulet often carved on Greek and Roman decorative furniture and ornaments .
Height 4.00 cm (1.57 inches)
Width 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
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