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Ornament from a piece of Roman furniture: bust of Minerva

Bronze

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 (a goatskin shield which is an attirbute of Jupiter and Minerva in Roman mythology); this Roman bronze of indeterminate Imperial date probably formed an ornamental furniture attachment such as those (of better style) on the tripod bowl from Herculaneum in this collection number HR8 (see Vermeule catalogue no. 441).

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

Unrecorded

Literature

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


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