Roman Bronze Minerva
An ancient Roman bronze statuette of Minerva (Athena), standing wearing peplos and chiton, with her Corinthian helmet pushed back on her head, and her aegis with gorgoneion hanging from her shoulder; her left hand once held her spear and her right supported her shield.
Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Minerva (Greek: Athena) was part of the Roman Capitoline Triad of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva. She was the daughter of Jupiter. Her sphere included not only wisdom, technology, and domestic crafts; but also war and defense.
Formerly in an American private collection, acquired at Christie's, London, December, 1989.