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Alumna Traces History of Bowl Belonging to Cleopatra Through 20th Century AD

Cultural historian Marina Belozerskaya, AM’92, PhD’97, has published the first book-length account of the Tazza Farnese, a libation bowl dating to Ptolemaic Egypt that once belonged to Cleopatra. The book, titled Medusa’s Gaze: The Extraordinary Journey of the Tazza Farnese,┬ácharts the renowned artifact’s journey through history, from Rome and Constantinople to the Holy Roman Emperor’s court at Palermo and the French Revolution. It inspired artists such as Raphael and Botticelli and was owned by Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Mongol rulers. The Tazza Farnese‘s adventure continued even after it came to rest at the Naples National Archaeological Museum–it was nearly destroyed there in 1925 by a deranged guard.

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