Earstud with gorgoneion
Greek, 4th century BC
Ø: 1.3cm; Weight 0.42g
The image of the Gorgoneion was often used as an apotropaic symbol, meaning it was used to ward off evil or bad luck. It was often depicted on shields, armor, or even as an architectural feature on buildings. The symbol was also sometimes used in jewelry, such as amulets or pendants, and was believed to bring good luck and protection to the wearer.
The most famous depiction of the Gorgoneion is probably the one on the aegis, a shield or breastplate worn by the goddess Athena in Greek mythology. The Gorgoneion was placed at the center of the aegis, and it was believed to give the goddess the power to terrify her enemies and protect her allies.
Item reference: JE1242