Gift of Atherton and Winifred W. Bean
- The story of Perseus (PURR-see-us) slaying the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa (meh-DOO-sa) is one of many Greek monster-slayer myths
celebrating the victory of good over evil.
- Ancient Greeks decorated buildings with images of Medusa to ward off evil. This Medusa was also made to decorate a building, but it's
less than 100 years old.
- While the facial features of this door knocker recall early Greek sculpture, the curvilinear snakes reflect the decorative Art Nouveau (new-VOE)
that was popular in Europe around 1900.