Apulian Black Glazed Guttus: Gorgon Head. An ancient Apulian Greek black glazed guttus, an oil vessel, with a loop handle and funnel spout. The central disk is moulded with a Gorgoneion. Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy. Gorgons were frightful witch-like female deities in Greek mythology.Medusa, whose gaze could turn a man to stone, is the most well known. Gorgons were protective deities whose very visage inspired fear. These apotropaic images on vases were meant to scare off all manner of threats. CVA, fascicule 14, Krannert Art Museum, (1989), pl. Formerly in a European private collection. GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC AND AS DESCRIBED. HIXENBAUGH ANCIENT ART, NEW YORK.
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