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A marble statue of Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom, helmeted and wearing a long chiton and himation, her aegis with the serpent-haired head of Medusa, fringed with serpents, sits in the form of a strap across her breast. In her right hand, she holds an object, perhaps intended as an element from a spear. The work is Italian, probably from Rome, and made in the eighteenth century, a restored antiquity.
1 AD–150 AD & restorations c.1750–1780
H 155 x W 66 x D 42 cm
purchased from George Child-Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey (1910–1998) by HM Government in 1949 for the Nation and vested in the Victoria and Albert Museum; transferred to the National Trust, 2002