Oval gem with standing Minerva holding a figure of Victoria
Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Brownish-orange carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Flat front and back with slight inward front bezel and deeper inward back bezel. Minerva stands facing right, with head in profile, chest frontal, and lower body in three-quarter view. She wears a helmet with a long crest and a tunic (peplos) belted under her breasts. She holds a figure of Victoria (Victory) in her outstretched left hand and her right hand supports a shield resting on the ground behind her. Minerva is standing on a ground line. Large chip at bottom of stone.
By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918
Gift of Alexander Cochrane