The most prominent symbol for Perseus is the severed head of Medusa. Perseus is often depicted holding the Medusa’s head in his left hand while carrying an adamantine blade in his left. The severed head symbolizes his courage and combat prowess.
Polydectes, a man who was enamored with Perseus’ mother, sent Perseus to slay Medusa as a way to get rid of him. Medusa had the ability to turn people to stone by gazing into their eyes, which meant that severing her head was the only way to neutralize the threat. With the help of Athena, Hermes and Zeus, Perseus utilized a reflective shield to protect himself from the gaze and used the adamantine sword to behead Medusa.