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Roman Bronze Vessel Handle, Ornamented With Bacchus and a Panther, c. 1st Century A.D.
The Panther was the companion of Bacchus. The grapevine and its wild barren alter-ego, the toxic ivy plant, were both sacred to him. This handle was once attached to vessel used for serving or drinking wine.AI30971. height 8.0 cm (3"), excellent condition with a nice green patina, bronze vessel handle ornamented with a facing young head of Bacchus wearing an ivy wreath in his long flowing hair, panther skin tied at neck, the curving handle ends with a pantherhead; $480.00 (€408.00)
Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 480 - 400 B.C.
Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.) Cyzicus was subject to the Athenians and Lacedaemonians alternately. In the naval Battle of Cyzicus in 410, an Athenian fleet completely destroyed a Spartan fleet. At the peace of Antalcidas in 387, like the other Greek cities in Asia, it was made over to Persia. Alexander the Great captured it from the Persians in 334 B.C. GA87968. Silver hemiobol, SNG BnF 386; SNGvA 1215, SNG Ashmolean 540, Von Fritze II 13, SNG Kayhan -, gVF, toned, light earthen deposits, tight slightly irregular flan, tunny and pantherhead not fully struck and partly off flan, weight 0.383 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, die axis 0o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, c. 480 - 400 B.C.; obverse forepart of boar running left, reversed K on shoulder, tunny fish upwards behind; reversehead of roaring lion left, small facing pantherhead above left, all within a shallow incuse square; $95.00 (€80.75)
Lesbos, c. 500 - 450 B.C.
A most unusual use of illusion on a coin. The two confronting boars' heads can also be viewed as the facing head of a panther.GA87115. Billon 1/12 stater, BMC Troas p. 151, 14; SNG Cop 287; Traité I, p. 350, 564; HGC 6 1067 (R2); SNGvA 7712 var. (no ethnic); SNG Mün 645 ff. var. (same), VF, porous, edge crack, weight 0.982 g, maximum diameter 9.5 mm, uncertain Koinon of Lesbos mint, c. 500 - 450 B.C.; obverseconfrontingboar heads, creating the illusion of a facing head of a panther, ΛEΣ above; reverse quadripartite incuse square punch; very rare; $90.00 (€76.50)
Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Nysa Scythopolis, Decapolis
Nysa Scythopolis (Beth Shean) was the center of Egyptian rule in the northern part of Canaan during the Late Bronze Period. Click here to see Beth Shean at BiblePlaces.com.RP73078. Bronze AE 24, Barkay 85, Spijkerman 59, Sofaer 59, aF, weight 9.195 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 180o, Nysa-Scythopolis (Beth-Shean, Israel) mint, 240 - 241 A.D.; obverse AVT K M ANT GOP∆IANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassedbust right, from behind; reverse NVC CKVΘOΠO IEPAC V, Dionysus advancing right, chlamys flying behind, thyrsos in right, placing left hand on head of small figure standing at feet before him, panther left but looking back right behind him, grape bunch upper right, ∆−T (year 304) divided across field; rare; $45.00 (€38.25)
Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.
The obverselegend translates Libero PatriConservatoriAugusti, which identifies Liber Pater, a panther sacred to Bacchus, as a protector of the emperor. Gallienus also identified Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, and others on coins as his protectors.RA86239. Billonantoninianus, Göbl MIR 713b, RIC V-1 S230, Hunter IV S116, Cohen V 586, SRCV III 10281, Normanby -, F, uneven strike with weak areas, porosity, edge cracks, weight 3.017 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, 267 - 268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiatehead right; reverse LIBERO P CONS AVG, panther walking left, B in exergue; $40.00 (€34.00)