Courtesy of the Bard Graduate Center


Representing the horned river-god Achelous, this 1.5-inch-high, fifth-century B.C. Etruscan pendant was found near Chiusi, in central Italy. It is now displayed at the Louvre in Paris, while the Castellani copy is part of the Villa Giulia collection in Rome. In Greek mythology, Achelous lost his horns when Hercules tore them from his head in a struggle over the attentions of Deianera, “the fairest of maidens.”