Oval gem with seated Minverva holding a figure of Victoria

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–2nd century


Dimensions

Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

18.372

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Red jasper. Intaglio. Flat front and back with slight inward front bezel and deeper inward back bezel. Minerva sits on a stool, with her head in profile to the right, her torso frontal, and her lower body in three-quarter view. She wears a crested helmet and a long tunic with a mantle (himation) slung around her hips. She holds a figure of Victoria (Victory) on her outstretched left hand, and her right hand supports a spear and shield resting on the ground behind her. The motif is situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane