Amulet with image of Medusa

Description
This is a cameo made from three-layered agate. It shows an image of the gorgon Medusa with wings on the top of her head, and snakes for hair framing her face and knotted under her chin. There is damage to her forehead and nose area. The cameo would have been set into a ring or worn as a pendant. This image was thought to protect the wearer from the evil eye.
Accession Loan No.
5/1946/389
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
amulet with image of Medusa
Simple Name
amulet
Full Name
cameo amulet depicting Medusa
Cultural Group
Roman
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
Production Year Low
200
Production Year High
300
Family Group

Material
agate
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD
Collection Town
Nazareth
Collection Country
Israel
Collection Area Region
Western Asia (Middle East and Near East)
Collection Continent
Asia

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