Intaglio ringstone with image of Athena or Minerva

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.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
intaglio ringstone with image of Athena or Minerva
Simple Name
Full Name
intaglio ringstone depicting Athena/ Minerva
length 10 mm; W 9 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Continent

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