"This is the best known object in the Roman Baths collection and has fascinated scholars and the public since its discovery in 1790. As a work of art the quality of workmanship is exceptional for Roman Britain and it is now generally recognised that it is probably the work of sculptors from Gaul in the later first century AD.
The pediment was supported originally by four large, fluted columns. The very powerful central image of the Gorgon’s head glowered down from a height of 15 metres on all who approached the temple. The pediment is full of allusions. In the corners are Tritons, half men and half fish servants of the water god Neptune. In the lower left centre ground is a face helmet in the form of a dolphin’s head. The small owl tucked away to the lower right of the large central roundel is also almost certainly perched at the top of another helmet.
The central head is held aloft by female 'Victories', on a shield ringed with oak leaves. The Victories stand on globes. The great head itself has snakes entwined within its beard, wings above its ears, beetling brows and a heavy moustache. Above all this, in the apex of the pediment, is a star." (Roman Baths' website)
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