Oval gem with standing Minerva

Imperial Period
1st–2nd century


Overall: 0.4 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm (3/16 x 9/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



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

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson