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Brooch with a profile head of Minerva

Gold medallion brooch with a profile head of Minerva set with diamonds in the helmet and in a choker around her neck. Medallion surrounded by a twisted wire set with two diamonds and two pearls.


Initials LR on front of medallion


About 1994, purchased by gemologist Mona Lee Nesseth, CA, at Sotheby's; 2009, year-end gift from Nesseth to the MFA (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Mona Lee Nesseth

Possibly French, about 1900

Object Place



Diameter x depth: 28.58 mm (1 1/8 in.) x 1 cm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, diamond, and pearl


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches