A majestic goddess

This elegant statuette, found together with several other bronzes in the temple at Vieil-Evreux, presents a characteristic image of Minerva. Her pose is static, her figure tall and regal, and her expression calm. She wears an ankle-length tunic (chiton in Greek), and a cloak (a himation) which falls in elegant folds from her left shoulder. This was traditional female attire in Antiquity.
However, she also wears two items which were her personal attributes: one of these is a Corinthian helmet, pushed back on her head. This type of helmet, created in Greece in the Archaic Period (7th-6th century BC), covers the face completely, with slits for the eyes and nose. It is topped with a large crest (or crista), which accentuates the goddess’s slender figure. Minerva was very often portrayed with this type of helmet, a direct reference to Greek statues of the 5th and 4th century BC which served as models for Roman artists. This particular image looks like a blend of several Greek models.
Minerva also wears the aegis, decorated with the Gorgoneion (Gorgon’s head) - a goatskin breastplate which covers her breast and shows beneath her cloak. The aegis protected the goddess’s breast, and sometimes her arm.