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5" Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris, 26th - 30th Dynasty, 664 - 342 B.C.
AB31082. Egyptian bronze figure of the god Osiris in mummified form, Choice, wearing Atef-crown with Uraeus, braided beard curved at the tip, holding the royal regalia crock and flail; two-sided; excellent detail, original patina, height 13.6 cm (5 1/8");
Roman Egypt, Nov 130 - c. 138 A.D.
Antinous probably joined the entourage of Hadrian when it passed through Bithynia in about 124. He became Hadrian's constant companion and lover but in October 130 Antinous drowned in the Nile. Hadrian's grief knew no bounds; he enrolled him among the gods, erected a temple, and on 30 October 130 A.D., Hadrian founded the city of Antinoopolis on the very bank of the Nile river where Antinous drowned. It was the capital of a new nome, Antinoopolites. Artists vied with each other in immortalizing his beauty. Temples and statues to his memory were erected all over the Empire, and there began a Cult of Antinous. On this coin he is depicted in the guise of Hermanubis.
RX90577. Lead tessera, cf. Roma Numismatics auction 6, session 2 (29 Sep 2013), lot 925 (otherwise unpublished, realized $484 plus fees); Geissen 3584 for similar obv, aF, edge chip, weight 3.719 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 90o, Alexandria(?) mint, Nov 130 - c. 138 A.D. (possibly later); obverse AntinoŁs on horseback right, wearing hem-hem crown, holding scepter; reverse Osiris standing left, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, situla in right, long scepter vertical in left, ram at feet on left; extremely rare;
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