Ancient Roman goddess Minerva intaglio ring. Set with an oval brown stone intaglio depicting the Roman goddess Minerva holding a winged statue of Victory and shown with circular shield and spear in a ruboverclosed back setting, featuring a polished bezel and closed backholing continuing down to an intricate twisted wireworkshank. Tested yellow gold, circa 2nd-3rd century AD.
Formally on the UK art market. Minerva was the Roman goddess of war, and is often depicted holding a statue of Victory with a shield. She was also goddess of wisdom and of the arts. Minerva is the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Pallas Athene.