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Theatrical Spartan Or Ancient Greek Medusa Helmet C1900

£350.00

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This spendidly quirky theatrical helmet sporting a Medusa badge attributed to Persius, the legendary founder of Mycenae and of the Perseid dynasty of Danaans. With a wonderful orangey-red fring and silk lining makes an evocative centre piece, remiscent of 300. “Perseus” rendered his name immortal by his conquest of Medusa. He cut off her head, and the blood that dropped from the wound was attributed with producing the innumerable serpents that infest Africa. The conqueror placed Medusa’s head on the shield of Minerva, which he had used in his expedition. The head still retained the same petrifying power as before.
Some suppose that the Gorgons were a nation of women, whom Perseus conquered.
Papier mache and fabric, metal studs to helmet brade and bristles.

Dimensions 7.1 × 11.8 × 20.9 in

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