Medusa Pendant Necklace
Ancient Greek Coin Pendant with the head of Medusa
Medusa is a well known Greek mythological figure and is often depicted in ancient Greek art. The most common interpretation of Medusa suggests she is an apotropaic symbol used to protect from and ward off the negative, much like the Mediterranean evil eye.
This unique pendant is handmade in Greece and represents an ancient Greek coin from Thessaly, Greece minted in the 3rd century BC. It features the head of the Greek gorgon Medusa with a horse on the reverse.
The pendant is double sided made of bronze and then three times silver plated and twice plated with 24K gold.
Width: 7/8” or 22mm
Total Length: 1” or 2mm
Chain Length: 17.5" Spiga Chain in 24K Gold Vermeil
The Myth of Medusa:
Medusa was one of the three Gorgons in classical Greek mythology, and the only one who was mortal. The most familiar rendition of her story is this: the young, golden-haired and beautiful Medusa caught the eye of the god Poseidon who, on impulse, decided to ravish the maiden in the temple of the goddess Athena. Unfortunately for Medusa, Athena caught them in the act. In a fit of rage and jealousy, Athena turned Medusa into a hideous monster with serpent hair. Because of her ghastly appearance and Medusa's legendary and powerful gaze she could turn anyone into stone that looked at her. For this reason images of the Gorgons were put upon objects and buildings for protection. Even the most powerful of Greek kings sought the protection of Medusa.
In later and more modern literature, Medusa was seen as a symbol of feminism and the strong female voice. The fashion designer Versace adopted her image on his brand's logo based on a more alluring representation of the legendary mortal, where Medusa is suggestive of power, strength and beauty .
About Horses on Ancient Greek Coins:
Horses were a popular subject on both ancient Greek and Roman coins as they were important to the ancients. Considering that their economy, travel and even warfare was very dependent on this one majestic animal. Various Greek cities such as those from areas of Sicily, Aeolis, Thessaly, Macedonia and many more had an appreciation for horses including the tactical advantage that they gave them. King Philip II, even commemorated his horse racing victory in the ancient Greek Olympic games on his coins in bronze, silver and even gold!
Handmade in Athens, Greece by Rosana