Tarantine; Said to be from Taranto
Terracotta; H. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm), W. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1926 (26.60.73)
This terracotta antefix with the head of Medusa originally decorated the edge of a roof of an Archaic Greek temple or civic building, possibly near Taranto. Terracotta was a popular medium for architectural details on Greek buildings in southern Italy, and the carved details on this antefix originally would have been brightly painted. The head of Medusa, a frequently featured device, would have been appropriate along the facade of a building, warding off any approaching evil.