A bronze figure of the Goddess Minerva (Greek Athena) standing, covered by a long tunic (peplos) with short sleeves; the right hand resting on her hips, holding in her left hand and clad in the infamous armour Aegis, composed by the Medusa head applied over a scaled breastplate; mounted on a custom-made display stand.
Circa 1st-2nd century AD.
Fine condition; the spear probably a later addition.Height of the figure (not including the spear) 6.3 cms (2.5 ins): Height with stand 8.8 cms (3.5 ins).
From the private collection of Antony John Scammell acquired on the UK art market from 1960-2000.
Cf. Rolland, H., Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, item 70, for similar figure.
The aegis used by Athena was a short armour with fringes or a magical shield; In some versions the head of the Gorgon stands out from its centre, surrounded by Fight, Fear, Strength and Pursuit.
Roman Minerva statuette
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