The images you'll see as you scroll down to the current text are all part of the story telling in my novel, Realms of Gold:Ritual to Romance.

Bianca Caldwell, pen name, Bianca Fiore, is a writer for an art magazine. In each of her monthly stories she describes an object used in ancient ritual.

Gorgon-Medusa Anse - The British Museum

A Gorgon-Medusa anse (handle) the British Museum, similar to the massive handle of the Vix Krater in Chatillon-sur-Seine, Burgundy. 

   photo: Terry Stanfill

Although I've always thought that the Vix Krater's Gorgon-Medusa, with her snake legs split to wrap around the vessel, was melusina in her "dark" aspect. It was only recently that I was struck with the similartiy of the two names, Medusa and Melusina. If the D is removed from Medusa and L substituted we have melus--to which the suffix ina or ine is added to mean "little." From my understanding of southern Italian dialect, it occurred to that there's a consonantal shift here--from the d to the L--fairly common in the southern Italian dialects. 

i.e. Sicilia bedda,. for Sicilia Bella
Giuseppe di Stefano, Sicilia Bedda