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6447 EGYPT, Alexandria Hadrian Nome Obol 126-27 AD Opet standing
Reference.
Emmett 1265; RPC III, 6447/7; Dattari 6313. Dattari-Savio Pl. 305, 292 (this coin)

Issue Menelaite

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СΕΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΜΕΝΕΛΑΙ, L ΙΑ
Opet standing, facing, head l., holding long reed in l. hand, Harpocrates with lower body of a crocodile, l., in r. hand.

5.14 gr
20 mm
12h

Note.
From the Dattari collection.

Opet (Apet, Ipet, Ipy) was a benign hippopotamus goddess known as a protective and nourishing deity. Her name seems to mean 'harem' or 'favored place'. Our first reference to her comes from the Pyramid Texts, where the king asks that he may nurse at her breast so that he would "neither thirst nor hunger...forever". Afterwards, she is called "mistress of magical protection" in funerary papyri. Under the epithet 'the great Opet', she is fused to some extent with Taweret, 'the great one', but she never completely losses all of her independent characteristics, irregardless of the fact that many modern texts completely assimilate her with Taweret
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Randygeki(h2)  [Dec 05, 2016 at 01:58 AM]
Very nice!