This is based on Caravaggio's painting of the beheaded Medusa. It was said one could still be turned to stone by looking directly upon her face. Such a dark theme....well, yes, that the darkness repels and fascinates at the same time is a curious phenomenon.
This piece was a difficult journey into realms I was not comfortable in, testing my skills, pushing myself into unknown lands beyond my experience. I always push myself, tempered by 'always test your ideas on scrap'. With practice, one can enter foreign seas with eyes open, avoiding some pitfalls, increasing your chances of a safe landfall.
Medusa's portrait is sterling silver, raised and chased with punches, and clinched into a bronze shield, which is engraved with a Greek key border.
The pendant is 2 1/4" diameter overall, and hangs about 4" below the neck on a 19" long black leather cord.
The back view shows adders writhing to form the loops for the necklace attachment. Signed and dated 2016.
The clasp is another viper, easily caught by a flat oval loop.
Entirely hand made by me except for the cord.
Copy and photos supplied by Tom Curran.