An upright ornament placed along the edge of a tiled roof. Antefixes were designed to conceal the joints between the rows of tiles and to protect exposed wooden parts of the building from the elements. In ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman buildings, antefixes were typically made of terra cotta.
Painted Gorgoneion Antefix. South Italian. Terra cotta. Ca. 540 BCE. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.