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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. The torso is ancient, set into a later base, the head, arms and left foot are restorations. It was probably acquired for Robert Adam's remodelling of the Marble Hall in the 1760s. It was first recorded in 1782 inventory of Osterley in the Marble Hall.