The Minerva convex mirror is a study on silver, bronze and crystal. The frame is gilded with silver metal leaf. The frame itself is covered with Venetian glass in pale bronze and clear. Small glass cabochons finish the top of the frame. Surrounding the frame is a corona of rock crystal quartz points. The convex mirror was made by me as well.
The Minerva mirror is about 10.5 inches in diameter. It is in my studio till being shipped to one of my showrooms.
Jewelry for walls!
Minerva, in Roman religion, the goddess of handicrafts, the professions, the arts, and, later, war; she was commonly identified with the Greek Athena. Some scholars believe that her cult was that of Athena introduced at Rome from Etruria/Greece.
Following the Greek myths around Minerva/Athena, she was born of Metis, who had been swallowed by Jupiter, and burst from her father’s head, fully armed and clad in armour. Jupiter raped the titaness Metis, which resulted in her attempting to change shape (or shapeshift ) to escape him. Jupiter then recalled the prophecy that his own child would overthrow him as he had Saturn, and in turn, Saturn had Caelus.
Fearing that their child would be male, and would grow stronger than he was and rule the Heavens in his place, Jupiter swallowed Metis whole after tricking her into turning herself into a fly. The Titaness gave birth to Minerva and forged weapons and armour for her child while within Jupiter’s body. In some versions of the story, Metis continued to live inside of Jupiter’s mind as the source of his wisdom. Others say she was simply a vessel for the birth of Minerva. The constant pounding and ringing left Jupiter with agonizing pain. To relieve the pain, Vulcan used a hammer to split Jupiter’s head and, from the cleft, Minerva emerged, whole, adult, and in full battle armour.
Thanks Wikipedia for that gruesome bit of mythology!