Roof Ornament with Medusa's Head

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 21 November 2015
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Medusa was a Gorgon from greek mythology. She had the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. A glance from Medusa turned onlookers to stone. Perseus decapitated her without looking at her; he used the reflection in his shield to guide his sword arm. Etruscan, Italy, 6th century BCE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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