Medusa is the Greek goddess who is also known as Gorgo. Medusa in ancient Greek means guardian or protectress.
Medusa was one of the three monstrous Gorgons, generally described as winged human females with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Those who gazed into her eyes would turn to stone.
Medusa's potency only begins when her head is severed, and that potency resides in the head; she is in a word a mask with a body later appended... the basis of the Gorgoneion is a cultus object, a ritual mask
Medusa was originally a beautiful maiden, but when Poseidon had sex with her in "Minerva's (i.e. Athena's) temple, Athena punished Medusa by transforming her beautiful hair into horrible snakes.
In most versions of the story, she was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who was sent to fetch her head by King Polydectes of Seriphus because Polydectes wanted to marry Perseus's mother. The gods were well aware of this, and Perseus received help. He received a mirrored shield from Athena, gold, winged sandals from Hermes, a sword from Hephaestus and Hades's helm of invisibility. Since Medusa was the only one of the three Gorgons who was mortal, Perseus was able to slay her while looking at the reflection from the mirrored shield he received from Athena. During that time, Medusa was pregnant by Poseidon. When Perseus beheaded her, Pegasus, a winged horse, and Chrysaor, a giant wielding a golden sword, sprang from her body.
Medusa's visage has since been adopted by many women as a symbol of female rage and empowerment.
Medusa was made famous in many movies like "Clash Of The Titans", "Hercules" and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" to name a few, plus several video games, literary works and art.
The mask piece is 11” high by 8” wide. Both parts made with paper machete & wiring.
Very thick & sturdy & hard. It’s as hard as dried clay just not heavy.
Mask is less than a 1/2 a pound & headdress is 2.5 lbs so 3 lbs total at most.
Insides have very soft fabric padding and ribbons to tie it around head, under chin
Headdress is 23” wide by 13” high
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