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Asclepius Intaglio47 viewsMale figure Asclepius? holding two snakes.

Asclepius was the god of healing though he, like Heracles, was born as a mortal. Athena gave Asclepius two types of blood to help with his healing work, both from the gorgon, Medusa. One took life quickly but the other restored life. When Asclepius used this life restoring blood he encroached on the preserve of the gods and Zeus struck him down with a thunderbolt. One of the most famous centres for Asclepius worship was at Epidaurus on the Peloponnese. Snakes were sacred to the god and when the Romans embraced him as one of theirs his cult was supposedly taken to Rome in the body of a snake. He was preserved in the heavens as the constellation Ophiuchus, the serpent holder. The Romanised version of his name is Aesculapius.

0.34g

Greek or more likely Roman Provincial

Ex-Time Machine

Sold Forum Auctions December 2017
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2 carved glass intaglio and Roman ring108 viewsred intaglio with image of Victory standing left, left hand extended
0.64g

blue intaglio with image of mars advancing left
0.34g

Bronze ring with missing setting

6.11g

Click for full size picture
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Bronze engraved bracelet75 viewsIntact (Roman?) Bronze engraved bracelet.

Engraved on both sides with the same motif.

Alternating pattern of lines and chevrons starting on both ends. Triangle on both sides with punch marks around and tree or leaf motif within. Leaf with stem (arrow?) on the ends.

Bronze

14.11g

Pannonia

Some original patina remains but entire piece treated with Jax brown patina and then waxed.
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Bronze Roman buckle?67 viewsRoman bronze buckle or cavalry mountJay GT4
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Bronze Roman Seal box112 viewsBronze seal box with image of lion, jug above, wreath below, ( horse head to right?)

Attached to packages or letters that are tied with strings. The strings pass into the box which is then filled with wax, to protect against tampering.

Bronze

26mm x 21mm x 7mm.

3mm diameter holes

5.56g

2-3rd Century?

Pannonia

Ex-Ancient Treasures
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snake.jpg
Bronze snake52 viewsBronze fragment of a snake.
Perhaps from Medusa's head? Underside unfinished, fine line detail in skin.

Roman

6.92g
10mm X 20mm
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Constseal.jpg
Constantius II lead seal40 viewsHead of Constantius II

legend begining DN on left Chi-Ro on right

4.37g

12mm X 15mm

4th century AD

Sold to Calgary Coins 2015
Jay GT4
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Early Crossbow fibula76 viewsLikely an early Crossbow fubula type.
Engraved lines and dots

One of the Genceva 21 variations - Early Spring Crossbow Fibula.

Mid 3rd - mid 4th century AD

Pin missing



66 mm X 35 mm

16.14g
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Faience Ushabti42 viewsEgyptian Faience Ushabti.

Head band and Basket on reverse, farming tools in hands.


21st Dynasty

1069-945 BC

95mm; 23.34g

Ex-Zurqieh
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Faience Ushabti49 viewsEgyptian Faience Ushabti

Beautiful turquoise color. Some earthen deposits remain. Great features.

circa 600 BC

10.80cm

49.32g

Ex-Zurgieh

To avoid undue work in the afterlife, Egyptians had themselves buried with numerous ushabtis, figurines that were intended to answer the summons of Osiris in place of the deceased. Ushabtis were usually mummiform, but their intention to work was made clear by the hoe usually carried over their shoulders and the basket on their backs. They were commonly inscribed with the name of the deceased inserted into the sixth chapter of the Book of the Dead.
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Faience Ushabti55 viewsBeautiful light turquoise faience.

Demotic Inscription on reverse. Basket over shoulder on reverse. Farming tools in hands.

64mm; 10.91g

c. 600 BC

Ex-Zurqieh
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Fibula47 viewsRoman Short arm T shape crossbow fibulaJay GT4
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Fibula47 viewsRoman bronze knee shape fibula

2nd Century AD
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Hadrian? Lead Seal64 viewsHead of Hadrian? right

Lead Seal

Three letters behind and infront of bust
2.67g

Sold to Calgary Coins 2015
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Hod Hill Fibula48 viewsHod Hill Type Fibula

Distribution: Gaul, Britain; Rhine and Danube Limes. They are common on Roman military sites.

Typology: Riha 5.14; Hull 60; Ettlinger 31

c. 50-100 AD
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Holyland Oil Lamp57 viewsHerodian? Terracotta Oil Lamp
decorated with grapes and vines

1st Century BC-1st Century AD

measures 60 x 98

Intact

Ex-Time Machine(Clayton Rare Coins)

part of the David Liebert estate
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Horse Fibula109 viewsZoomorphic plate Horse fibula

2nd Century AD

40mm X 22mm

9.05g

Pin intact

Ex-Ancient Treasures
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Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula64 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
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Kraftig Profilierte Fibula50 viewsKraftig Profilierte Fibula

Early 1st century to early 2nd Century AD.

Pin missing

Distribution:Mostly found in Pannonia, Dacia, Noricum, and Raetia.
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Legionary apron strap end63 viewsRoman Legionary apron strap end with suspension loop

Rivet still in place were it would have been fastened to leather apron

Mid 1st century-2nd century
65mm x 10mm; loop 13mm
9.29g

Ex-Noble
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Mars_ring.jpg
Mars Ancient Intaglio ring124 viewsThis is an ancient Roman Intaglio in a modern silver ring setting.

Intaglio: ex-Zurgieh
Ring: Custom made silver
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Arrowtip.jpg
Roman Arrow tip59 viewsBronze Roman arrow tip

40 mm x 7 mm

5.09g

1-3rd century AD
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Roman Belt Buckle66 viewsRoman military belt buckle

Bronze kidney shaped loop with iron pin, attached heart shaped plate, two rivet holes

Early 4th century

38mm x 41mm

11.17g
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Roman Belt plate54 viewsBronze Roman Military belt plate, buckle missing. Punch design on face. Three rivet holes.

31mm x 21mm

5.5g

Pannonia

mid 1st-2nd century
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Roman_Pin.jpg
Roman Bird tip distaff93 viewsBronze Roman distaff

Long pin with bird (dove) on tip, finial on stem

86mm x 4mm; tip 12mm x 12mm

6.92g

Pannonia

3-6th century AD

Often described on ebay and by dealers as a senatorial voting stick. This description is completely unfounded and is likely a distaff for spinning thread.

From Shawn Caza:

According to Madgearu these bird-head/ring-bottom sticks are likely distaffs for spinning thread, though they may be a form of hair pin. The bird at top is usually thought to be a dove. They have been found all along the Rhine and Danube Limes, in Spain, in Switzerland and in the Near East. In many old works they were usually dated to the 5th-6th c AD. However, Madgearu reports on one which has been contextually dated to the mid-3rd c AD - buried in a Romanian site destroyed in AD 245. It is thought that they are the later Christian version of earlier sticks, often in bone, with Venus at the top. The dove was a representation of Venus that was then retained as a representation of the Holy Ghost in Christian times. Madgearu then lists 25 different archaeological finds of these sticks. These are dated, when known, to the 4th - 6th c AD.

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Roman buckle?49 viewsBronze Roman buckle? with leather belt and copper stitchingJay GT4
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Roman Gold Earing65 viewsRoman Gold Earing

Looped at one end, globular design on the other

1-3rd century

13mm

0.48g

Ex-ANE
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Roman Key Ring85 viewsRoman bronze key ring

ring 24 mm, height 33 mm

13.72g

2nd century AD

A Roman Signifer (standard bearer) was also the cohorts banker. He kept records of what the soldiers deposited with him for safe keeping and he had the key to the strong box. Not only did the soldiers protect the Signifer to prevent the standard from being captured (which would be a disgrace) but also so that they could get their money back!

There is no way to know if this was an actual Signifer key as many other professions would have items locked away.
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Roman Lead Seal56 viewsConfronted head

Female (Julia Domna)? on left bearded man (Septimius Severus)? on right

massive 10.88g

15mm X 18mm

Sold to Calgary Coins 2015
Jay GT4
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Roman Military Diploma Fragment198 viewsBronze Roman Military Diploma Fragment

Latin text on both sides

42mm x 17mm x 2mm.

3.83g
Dark green patina.

Found in the former Yugoslavia.

1-3 Century AD.

Possible inscription thanks to Curtis Clay:

Line 3: ASV, prob. from NOMINA SVBSCRIPTA, "whose names are written below".

Line 4: maybe EMD, coming from CIVITATEM DEDIT, "he grants citizenship".

Line 5: ABVI, from HABVISSENT, "(to the wives that they presently) have".

Line 6: ELIBE, from CAELIBES, "unmarried".

Line 7: MTA from DVMTAXAT, "just or merely (one wife per soldier)"

Lines 8-11: Should be the month date and the current consuls, which if they could be restored would establish the date of the diploma!

This fragment was submitted to Istvan for analysis. His rendering below:
Obverse:
]NIS [
]ION[ or ]HON[
]PTA SV[
]EM DE[
]HABVIS[
]ELIBES[
]MTAX[
] D [
]TIANO [
] IO [ or ]NO [ or ]HO [
] ≠_S _ [


Reverse:
[the imperial names amd titles are in the previous (provbably three) lines
[IIS QV]I MILITA[VERVNT EQVITES ET PEDITES]
[IN A]LIS DECEM ET [COHORTIBVS ... QVAE]
[APELLANTVR ...]
those cavalrymen and infantrymen who served in ten alae and ... cohortes, which are called...


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Roman oil lamp50 viewsRoman Terracotta Oil Lamp
Amphora decoration

1st Century AD

measures 589 x 83 mm

Intact

Ex-Time Machine (Clayton Rare Coins)
Part of the David Liebert estate
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Belt_plate.jpg
Roman Open work belt plate106 viewsRoman bronze Open work Military belt plate.
Washer and pin on reverse peened over to secure leather belt

65mm x 23mm

12.86g

Pannonia

2nd century AD

Antonine period

See other belt plate for a match in my gallery
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Roman Open work belt plate53 viewsRoman bronze Open work Military belt plate.
Washer and pin on reverse peened over to secure leather belt

60mm X 23mm

13.2g

Pannonia

2nd century AD

Antonine period

See other belt plate for a match in my gallery
Jay GT4
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Tetrarchy Imperial Lead Seal116 viewsTwo augusti Diocletian and Maximian face to face.
Below the two Caesares Galerius and Constantius face to face.
Dolphin between


17.79g

Sold to Calgary Coins 2015
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Zoomorphic Bird plate fibula51 viewsZoomorphic fibula

Bird type (eagle?)

Pin missing


2nd Century AD

32 mm X 26 mm

10.08g

BŲhme 43a
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