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Head of Minerva

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A soft and rounded Athena wears an elaborate, fanciful helmet, which seems to combine the Corinthian and Macedonian types. The helmet has a flamboyant plume and a winged Medusa head above the eye holes. A fleshy forehead bulges out above the eyeholes, and a line surrounds them like a mask for a...

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By date unknown: said to be in the Ludovisi Collection; by 1888: with R. Lanciani (said to come from the Ludovisi villa); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, December 8, 1888, for $173.91 (this is the total price for MFA 89.4-89.8)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation

Italian, Late Renaissance, 1590–1630

Place of Manufacture

Rome, Lazio, Italy


Height: 0.428 m. Length of face: 0.15 m.

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The Ancient World