Greek Terracotta Antefix: Gorgon
A large ancient Greek terracotta antefix with the the face of a Gorgon, probably Medusa, surrounded by rearing snakes.
Tarentum, Southern Italy.
Antefixes were ornamental pottery caps that covered the open ends left by semi-cylindrical tiles at the edge of a temple roofs. They were often adorned with apotropaic images like Gorgons and Satyrs.
cf.: M. Mazzai, La Daunia Antica, (Milan, 1984), p. 157, no. 193.
Formerly in the S. G. collection, New York; previously in the C. collection, Switzerland, 1960's.