Intaglio ringstone with image of Athena or Minerva

Description
This ‘intaglio’ ringstone shows the Greek goddess Athena or Roman goddess Minerva. She is wearing a plumed helmet and a Greek style of tunic, and is holding a spear and shield. It is an unusual design as it has a palm and wreath in the field of the gem, as these are usually carried by a smaller figure of Victory often depicted standing on Athena’s hand. Ringstones were set into a finger ring and could be used as a personal seal on documents. It belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague who collected over 800 classical archaeological objects, which he bequeathed to the museum on his death.
Accession Loan No.
5/1946/712
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
intaglio ringstone with image of Athena or Minerva
Simple Name
ringstone
Full Name
intaglio ringstone depicting Athena/ Minerva
Dimensions
length 10 mm; W 9 mm
Cultural Group
Roman
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
Production Year Low
100
Production Year High
300
Family Group

Material
chalcedony
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Continent
Europe

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