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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd century CE. A superb cameo pendant carved from a sardonyx fragment with layers of alternating white and yellow-brown hues. Displayed in front of the pendant is a high relief cameo of Medusa, the most famous of the three snake-haired gorgons. Defining her countenance are almond-shaped eyes with delineated pupils, raised eyebrows, a slender nose flanked by puffy cheeks, and full lips. A pair of wings extend from the top of her serpentine coiffure. Size: 0.75" W x 0.75" H (1.9 cm x 1.9 cm)
Medusa was the most famous of the three gorgons, human women with venomous snakes for hair. The concept of the gorgon, a frightening, beast-like, female creature, is at least as old as Homer and continued to be used as a monstrous symbol throughout the Roman period, especially popular as decoration on pottery.
Provenance: ex-Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA; ex-Jan Krugier collection, New York, USA, acquired in the 1990s from Ariadne Gallery, New York, New York, USA
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Petite chips to nose of cameo, peripheries, and verso commensurate with age. Nice remaining details throughout.