Medusa - Gorgon
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Sardonyx cameo head of the Medusa facing front, eyes cast downwards, mouth pursed in a bitter expression, hair standing out stiffly parallel with the wings at the top of the head. The oval face is framed within five pairs of snakes coiled into spirals terminating in heads hissing outwards amidst the locks of heir: two tails are knotted beneath the chin. Signed PISTRUCCI, Benedetto Pistrucci in 1844. Formerly Esmerian Collection.