Statuette of Minerva
1st or 2nd century A.D.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 097; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).
Height: 15.1 cm (5 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Athena wears an aegis and gorgoneion with a tight-fitting helmet. Spear missing from left hand; fulmen (?) was held in the right.
Found at mountain shrine to Minerva near Ettringen in vicinity of Coblenz on the Rhine.
The figure, which could be an import from the Mediterranean, goes back to a Greek prototype of the fifth century B.C. In both form and content it represents the most classical side of the arts of Rome’s northern provinces.
According to MFA Register of Metalwork: found in 1871 among the ruins of a Roman temple near Ettringen, between Coblenz and Bonn, on the Rhine; by 1887: with Josef Zervas, 346 East 42nd Street, New York; partial gift of Samuel D. Warren and partial purchase by MFA, February 1887, for a total of $ 300.00
Gift of Samuel Dennis Warren and Everett Fund