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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Minerva

Overview

Creator: Italian (nationality)
Creation Date: 
Cameo: early 17th c.; Mount: 17th c.
Materials: 
Banded agate: grey and white; open silver-gilt mount with suspension loop
Dimensions: 
2.8 x 2.4 cm
RCIN 
65225
Reference(s): 
G&J 2008 51
Provenance: 
First recorded in the Royal Collection in 1872.
Description:

Cameo with a bust of Minerva, the Roman warrior goddess, wearing a helmet, in profile to the left, with drapery along the neckline.

The representation is based on ancient coins but the unrefined manner in which the stone is cut suggests a 17th century date.

Text adapted from Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, London, 2008

Further details

Category: 
Gems & Jewels