Oval gem with standing Minerva holding a figure of Victoria

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd century


Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

18.371

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

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.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane