Oval gem with standing Minerva
Overall: 0.4 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm (3/16 x 9/16 x 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Intaglio. Flat front and back with straight sides, set in a modern mount. Minerva stands with her head in profile to the right and her torso and legs frontal. She is dressed in a crested helmet and peplos. Her left arm is outstretched and there is a sacrificial dish (patera) in her left hand. Her right hand reaches down to rest on the shield sitting upright at her feet; behind the shield is a spear adorned with a bow and ribbon. There is a thin crack along the vertical axis of the gem.
By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Thomson to MFA, September 12. 1918
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson