Painted Plaque with Medusa Head

Unknown225 - 200 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This plaque depicts a winged head of Medusa. The head projects from the plaque; around its neck hang a torque and a knotted snake. Three over-lapping layers of scales radiate below, in the form of a stylized aegis. Two holes for suspension above the head suggest that the object functioned as an oscillum. Traces of polychromy remain on the surface.

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  • Title: Painted Plaque with Medusa Head
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 225 - 200 B.C.
  • Location Created: Sicily, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.8 cm (7 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta with polychromy
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Oscillum
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 71.AD.255
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 107, Monsters and Minor Deities
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Sicilian)
  • Classification: Sculpture