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Sculpture on Ancient Coins
Many of the images of gods and goddesses on ancient coins were derived from sculptures. The coins on this page depict known sculptures or images that are clearly taken from sculpture.
|A gilded 2nd century B.C. slightly over-lifesize bronze statue,of the Boarium, has in a similar pose. This statue is probably the one mentioned by Pliny, which originally stood in the Temple of , by the . It lacks the skin. Perhaps a actual skin was once draped on it. The sculpture is now in the Musei Capitolini, . Another similar sculpture, from the 2nd Century A.D., the of the Theatre of Pompey, was discovered in 1864, carefully buried under protective tiles. It was incised FCS (fulgor conditum summanium), indicating that it had been struck by lightning, and had been carefully interred on the spot. The figure lightly supports himself on his grounded vertical club, the skin of the is draped over his left forearm. This sculpture is now in the round room of Museo Pio-Clementino, in the .|