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Head of Minerva

"The gilt bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva is one of the best known objects from Roman Britain.  Its discovery in 1727 was an early indication that the Roman site at Bath was not a typical settlement.  Gilt bronze sculptures are rare finds from Roman Britain as only two other fragments are known.

 

The head is probably from the cult statue of the goddess which would have stood within her Temple beside the Sacred Spring. From there she may have looked out across the Temple courtyard to the site of the great altar, the site of sacrifice, which stood at the heart of that sacred space.  The statue may well be an original object from the foundation of the site in the later first century AD, which means that it was probably well over 300 years old when it met its demise." (Roman Baths' website)

 

Head of Minerva

"The gilt bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva is one of the best known objects from Roman Britain.  Its discovery in 1727 was an early indication that the Roman site at Bath was not a typical settlement.  Gilt bronze sculptures are rare finds from Roman Britain as only two other fragments are known.

 

The head is probably from the cult statue of the goddess which would have stood within her Temple beside the Sacred Spring. From there she may have looked out across the Temple courtyard to the site of the great altar, the site of sacrifice, which stood at the heart of that sacred space.  The statue may well be an original object from the foundation of the site in the later first century AD, which means that it was probably well over 300 years old when it met its demise." (Roman Baths' website)

 

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Jan 2020, 01:10
Do I see, or a I imagining, arrogance?
Tom Wilson: Well, she is a goddess smile
Its survived well Tom...
Tom Wilson: It has indeed - the guide pointed out how many layers of gold were on the head - they had to keep on replacing it as it wore away.
Isn't she beautiful - and so well preserved!
Tom Wilson: It's a wonderful piece - the whole statue must have been really impressive - a bit more than human life-size.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Jan 2020, 05:50
A very famous artifact Tom
Tom Wilson: And certainly worth seeing!
Beautifully shown, Tom, and yes, well-known.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ginnie.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Jan 2020, 07:36
Beautiful presentation, Tom. I love the light here. Amazing how well it is preserved.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Astrid - I needed several attempts smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 Jan 2020, 07:41
Vive Minerva!
Tom Wilson: Well, she seems to be doing well enough without her body!
You have done this treasure full justice Tom
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Bill.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Jan 2020, 08:32
Not bad looking for such an old girl.
Tom Wilson: Class tells smile
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 3 Jan 2020, 09:20
Everyone in Bath should know about the head of Minerva.
Tom Wilson: I imagine that all the school kids get taken round?
It may have been gilted at a different time than when it was made.
Tom Wilson: It seems that the gilding was original - there are apparently layers of it, applied as one layer deteriorated. I think the guide mentioned 11 layers.
It is very impressive despite not being quite 'as new'.
Tom Wilson: It's had a bit of wear and tear over the years - a pity there is only the head.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Jan 2020, 20:09
It looks very similar to what I always thought or assumed to be Hercules. Maybe I've mistaken Hercules for Minerva.
Tom Wilson: Ah, all these gods and goddesses - they all look alike smile
I imagine this has a presence to it.......all those years old.....fascinating, Tom!

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