Grotesque faces of mythical beings and deities were a popular motif for terracotta antefix. The ancient Greeks used them to conceal the ends of the tiles that ran along the edge of roofs in Ancient Greece. They served both a functional and a decorative purpose, with the tiles protecting the wooden parts of the roof from the elements.
The gurning, open-mouthed features have been painted to emphasise the grotesqueness of the face, which was believed to ward off evil spirits—made to represent one of the three Gorgon sisters Stheno, Euryale and Medusa. Medusa being the most fierce as she could turn any human to stone with just one look.
We have made these replicas without the fixing lug attached an antefix to the roof to be displayed more easily. Should you wish to have a replica with this fixing lug attached, please get in touch for a quote.
Terracotta and natural pigments.
Approx. 170 mm tall, 190 mm long, 40 mm depth
This replica has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact. It has been fired to a temperature of between 800 & 1000 Centigrade to emulate the same techniques that the original potters would have employed nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, as is common with the original Greek Pottery and giving each piece a unique character.
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