A shield features a terrifying Gorgon’s head to project fear and dread onto any assailant. Elsewhere, that same blank-eyed stare is attributed to the Trojan hero Hector in murderous mode.
‘And circled in the midst of all was the blank-eyed face of the Gorgon
with her stare of horror, and Fear was inscribed upon it, and Terror.’
Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book 11, p. 235