Excavated in Olympia and now located in the Olympia Archaeological Museum, the Winged Gorgoneion is a from the sixth century BC . Originally an apotropaic (to ward something off) shield decoration, it’s shaped as the head of Medusa with snakes as hair. Damaged over the years, one of the wings has been restored, and now the piece has a final diameter of 81.5 cm, and 34 cm across.


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