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Chain is 16" with a 2" extension and is gold-filled. This beautiful gold pendant with 2mm diamond, is set with a genuine ancient Greek coin from 4th Century BCE with the image of Medusa - Gorgone.
Description: MYSIA, Parion. 4th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (14.5mm, 2.24 g, 6h). Obverse:
Bull standing left, head right Reverse: Gorgoneion with protruding tongue facing .
Advantages: This piece could appeal to anyone from a student to a history buff, to people that love antiques, to anyone who appreciates beauty and historic events. This ring makes for a great conversation piece as well as meaningful gift.
- The jewelry made in the US.
- The piece comes with Certificate of Authenticity of the Coin.
- Workmanship is guaranteed.
- RETURNS: 2 weeks no questions asked. Time counts from the time you receive the item to the time you ship it back.
1. Avoid chemicals. Do not wear to hot tubs or sea.
2. To clean use a silver cloth on the silver. Absolutely NO JEWELRY CLEANERS!
3. Best preserved in ziplock bag when not worn.
History: This hemidrachm from Parion has an unusual design: a staring female face with
protruding tongue, surrounded by snakes. The reverse shows a bull standing left and looking
back. The Greek letters ΠΑ appears above the bull and ΡΙ is between the legs of the bull. ΠΑΡΙ
are the Greek letters for PARI- for Parion.
The face is a mask in imitation of the head of the gorgon. In archaic and classical Greek art
gorgons were always shown facing the viewer, protruding tongue, and teeth. In Greek
mythology there were three gorgon sisters. The most famous was Medusa who was
decapitated by the hero Perseus. The hair of gorgons was never depicted as living snakes in
ancient times. The snakes, if any, were shown near or later sometimes in the hair. Perhaps
Parion chose a hideous monster as an emblem for the city as symbol of terror. It was used
on Greek shields to frighten the enemy as well as for its hypnotic ability - it was thought
that the gorgonian attracts the gaze of enemy soldiers toward the shield and thus away from
the weapon hand.