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Minerva Cameo: early 17th c.; Mount: 17th c.

RCIN 65228

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Cameo with a bust of Minerva, the Roman warrior goddess, with long flowing locks of hair, in profile to the left. She wears a crested helmet and cuirass. The cameo is deeply undercut and the relief is engraved entirely in the lighter layer. Text adapted from Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, London, 2008