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large marble and bronze bust of Minerva goddess of wisdom


A large Italian hand carved white marble gilt-bronze mounted bust of Minerva draped in classical attire, wearing a helmet on a white marble socle.

Circa 1900.

Height: 36"
Width: 24"
Depth: 14"

Minerva was a goddess of intelligence, philosophy, craftsmanship, art, and inspiration. From her position in the heavens, she oversaw all things that required forethought and calculation. In later incarnations, Minerva was also seen as a military figure, as well as the fount through which all strategic and tactical thought flowed. Minerva ruled with Jupiter and Juno as part of the divine triumvirate known as the Capitoline Triad.
The wisest of all gods and goddesses, Minerva had a calculating mind that she used to achieve her aims. The chastest of Roman deities, Minerva spurned the advances of men and gods alike in order to retain her virginal purity.