Medusa’s crown; object worn by the artist; sgrafitto; red terracotta with black and white terra sigillata; Ø 27 cm; 2021; S. Thole

“There are many variations on Medusa’s story. One famous version has her as a beautiful woman raped by Poseidon in a temple of Athena, who promptly trans-formed her, as a punishment for the sacrilege (punishment to her, note), into a monstrous creature with a deadly capacity to turn to stone anyone who looked at her face.”
Mary Beard, 2017, Women & Power, A Manifesto, London Review of Books