Ancient Coin Necklace - Gorgon Head of Medusa 450 - 400 BC
Medusa, in Ancient Greek mythology, was one of the three Gorgon sisters and the only one to have been a mortal. She was once a beautiful and caring maiden with hair that even the Gods envied. She had been turned into the mythical monster we all know with a head of snakes for hair and the ability to turn men into stone when looking her in the eye, by the Goddess Athena later in her life. Athena cursed her for losing her virginity to the God Poseidon who actually ravaged her on steps of Athena's castle. The Demi-god Perseus hunted and ended up killing Medusa with the help of the Gods and collected her head which still carried the same power of turning men to stone and used it against his enemies.
Medusa's frightening appearance on coins served a propaganda purpose, as did many coin designs, in this case announcing to enemies and would-be enemies, "Don't mess with us." Warfare was endemic in the classical world, a way of life, and death, as it has been throughout much of history. What we read about in the newspaper was experienced firsthand, in some way or another, by virtually everyone. Medusa served to both protect and terrify.
These coins still exist in modern day and I made this one as a modern amulet with a rosary chain of Tahitian keshi pearls and spinel on sterling silver. The necklace measures 18" and is adjustable to 20". This piece is a one of a kind, authentically ancient coin piece...