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The lid finely carved with the head of Medusa her hair entwined with snakes
Circa 1780 – 1800
Size: 8.5cm long, 6.5cm wide, 3cm deep – 3¼ ins long, 2½ ins wide, 1¼ ins deep
Loved by Poseidon the Greek God of the sea, she was pregnant by him when Perseus killed her. Her head was said to be buried under a mound in the agora of Argos where it was thought to have magical apotropaic power. The representation of the head was often carved as a protective device, especially on armour. Over time the head became humanised and was often depicted as beautiful in death.