This elegant ceramic head is of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, sponsor of arts, warfare and battle, strategy and trade. The Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena, though they did not bring up her relationship with warfare. She is often portrayed with with a variety of helmets. On this example, she wears a helmet with a demi figure of a bird and an animal at the crown of her helmet. Her hair is covered by the helmet save for some flowing off to the side of her face. She has a confident expression with her head held slightly upward.
The ceramic head is attached to an iron rod which sits inside a patinated square shaped terra cotta/cast stone base.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear and minor nicks as seen in photos, including craquelure to ceramic glaze. Head is attached to iron rod which is removable from base.