Description & Technical information

Bearing the legend 'ROMA' and an owl symbol of Minerva.

Each hung with a tear drop shaped amphora having squared-off handles and decorated with bead and wirework, a rectangular baton above applied with the ROMA lettering and with ropetwist edging, topped by an owl with wings open.

Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, justice, law, victory, and the sponsor of arts, trade and strategy. The goddess was not a patron of violence such as Mars, but of defensive war only. Minerva was one of the three Roman deities in the Capitoline Triad, along with Jupiter and Juno.

From the second century BC onward, the Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena.
Weight: 10.5g

Date:  c.1870
Period:  19th century
Origin:  Italian
Medium: gold
Dimensions: 16 cm (6¹/₄ inches)
Categories: Jewellery