Rare Authentic Roman gold earrings. Complete with medusa intaglio. From private collection. Circa 1st to 4th century AD
Medusa was once a beautiful woman who unknowingly attracted the attention of the sea god Poseidon. Poseidon decided to mate with Medusa in the temple of Athena. Athena was furious. Blaming the mortal woman, she got her revenge by turning Medusa into a monster so horrific that one glance at her face would turn a man to stone. Even after Perseus, with Athena's help, separated Medusa from her head -- an act that allowed her unborn children, Pegasus and Chrysaor, to emerge from her body -- the head maintained its lethal power. The head of Medusa is often described as being covered with snakes instead of hair. Medusa is also counted as one of the Gorgons, three daughters of Phorcus. Her sisters are the immortal Gorgons, Eryale and Stheno.
Size 5cm - Weight 8.80g
Perfectly wearable. A great investment