: μηνίσκος, plural Meniskoi
, English translation
: "crescent moon") is a bronze
disk mounted above some Greek statues
on an iron
nail drilled through the statue's head.
Since many Greek statues were displayed outside, the meniskos served the simple purpose of preventing bird droppings
from accumulating on the statue.
Meniskoi are mentioned in Aristophanes' The Birds, when the birds threaten the judges saying: