Medusa was a frightening female in
the Greek mythology. She had snakes for hair and anyone meeting
her stare was turned into stone. The hero Perseus beheaded her,
but to be safe, without looking at her face. From the flood of
blood was the winged horse Pegasus created, the symbol of poetic
In the arts Medusa is pictured with
staring eyes, snakes for hair, and her tongue sticking out.
Pictures of Medusa's face were used to frighten off thieves and
The original from about 500 B.C. was
found in southern Italy in a town founded by immigrants from
Sparta. It is now displayed in the Historical Museum in Oslo.
The magnet is about 7 cm wide.