The hill-top town of Aidone hosts a world-class archaeological museum containing treasures unearthed at Morgantina, an ancient Greek town down the road a stretch. Morgantina was founded in 850 BC, and over the next 400-600 years the settlement was destroyed and rebuilt until it was finally abandoned in 211 BC. Throughout the centuries, the citizens of Morgantina created (and then left for us to find) some extraordinary works of art. This emblem, which is attached to a bowl, represents Scylla, th
Parade helmet from Metapontum, in Magna Graecia, 6th cent. BCE. Hammered from a single piece of bronze with designs made by repoussé, punching, tracing, and engraving. The top is surmounted by a ram's head (partially restored). The cheekpieces are decorated with rams' heads. Over the forehead, a series of curls falls in a row to form the hairline. Below the curls is a repoussé line that forms the eyebrows and terminates in bearded snakes' heads with forked tongues.