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Bronze bust of Minerva

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/16 x 1 13/16 x 1 5/8 in. (7.8 x 4.6 x 4.1 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1897
Accession Number:
97.22.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Modeled on the Greek goddess Athena, the Roman Minerva had many of the same duties and attributes, as shown here by her Greek-style helmet. Together with Jupiter and Juno, she formed part of the Capitoline Triad, the very center and focus of Roman state religion.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 216, p. 116, New York: Gilliss Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1984. Aphrodisias-Athena, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 2. Athena/Minerva, no. 85, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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