Details Grotesque faces of mythical beings and deities were a popular motif for terracotta antefix that were used to conceal the ends of the tiles that ran along the edge of rooves in Ancient Greece. They served both a functional, as well as, 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 really emphasis the grotesqueness of the face, which was believe to ward off evil spirits. Made to represent one of the three Gorgon sisters Stheno, Euryale and Medusa, who all had a similar look, and could turn any human to stone with just one look.
These replicas have been made without the fixing lug that would have attached an antefix to the roof, so that they can be displayed more easily. Should you wish the have a replica with this fixing lug attached then 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 it's unique character.
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