Danube Virtual Museum

Cameo of Medusa

Title: Cameo of Medusa
Site: Diana / Statio Cataractarum Diana
Location/Region: Kladovo
Chrolonology: 1 AD - 500
Museum: National Museum in Belgrade - Archeological Museum of Đerdap
Country: Serbia
Epoch: Roman
Closer Dating: 1st-2nd century
Material: Multi-layered, multi-colored opal, from dark gray and milky blue, to flashy ivory color
Dimensions: 3 x 2,8 cm
Production Technique: Cutting, grinding, polishing
Bibliography: Ј. (Rankov) Kondić (processing, cat. collection in the prepress); Ј. (Rankov) Kondić in: Archeological Museum of Iron Gate/Đerdap (Belgrade, 1996), cat. A3; J. (Rankov) Kondić, Splendid Cameo from Diana at the Danube, Collection NМ XV-1, Belgrade 1994, 117-118; J. (Rankov) Kondić in: Roman Imperial Towns and Palaces in Serbia, SASA 73, Belgrade 1993, cat. 118


A beautiful gemstone cameo with perfectly made details of a monstrous Medusa / Gorgon, in half profile, with the characteristic stiff, piercing look, with snake-like attributes in the lush, curly hair, tied under the chin.

Early Roman fortress Diana/Stacio Cataractarum Diana-fortress T I-II/Castrum I-II (Кarataš-Novi Sip): systematic archeological research and excavation (Đerdap II Project J. (Rankov) Kondić).