Minerva - here, carved in carnelian - was the ancient Roman goddess of war and wisdom. Unlike Mars, another god of war, she was sometimes portrayed with her sword lowered in sympathy for the recent dead rather than raised in triumph and battle lust. Draped in a voluminous peplos, she appears here with a helmet on her head and a spear and phiale in her hand. Interesting fact: she was also the patron goddess of crafting and arts. During the Roman occupation of Britain, carpenters sometimes ornamented their tools with images of Minerva to invoke her special protection.
22k gold (tests), carnelian
c. 2nd - 3rd Century
2.75, resizing not recommended; 6.8mm head, 1.8mm shank
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