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Height (excluding mounting): 10cm

Museum number: S150

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 440help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

A helmeted, draped bust of Minerva wearing the aegis (?); this Roman Bronze of indeterminate Imperial dating probably formed an ornamental furniture attachment such as those of better style on the tripod bowl from Herculaneum in this collection (no. 441; HR 8).

For a further example of work of this type, compare the "Medallion Bust of a Warrior" in the Conservatori, Rome1.

1Jones, Cons., p. 293, no. 28, pl. 117.

Provenance help-art-provenance



Stephen Lloyd, Richard and Maria Cosway: Regency Artists of Taste and Fashion, exhibition catalogue, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh and National Portrait Gallery, London 1995, catalogue no 258. (with three other figures from the Soane collection - catno. 437, S128; catno 4, S148; catno. 5, S149).

Exhibition history

Richard and Maria Cosway: Regency Artists of Taste and Fashion, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 11 August - 29 October 1995; National Portrait Gallery, London, 17 November 1995 - 18 February 1996

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk