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

RCIN 65225

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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