Roman marble head of MinervaR170
A marble head of the goddess Minerva wearing a Corinthian helmet pushed back on her head above centrally-parted hair.
Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare as well as a patron of arts, trade and strategy. The Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena though they did not stress her relation to battle and warfare as the Greeks had done.
Roman, 2nd Century AD
9 x 6.2 cms, 15 cms including red marble column fragment mount
Fragment as shown
Ex. private collection, Cambridgeshire, UK; formerly in a 19th Century collection.
Mounted on a fragment of ancient red marble fluted column