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Author Topic: Lead Tessera with Hippodrome?, Barge? or Hieroglyph? Caesarea Maritima  (Read 31 times)

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Offline v-drome

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Hi, all.  Here is a very difficult, tiny lead tessera in poor shape. In fact I almost gave up on it but I found with a strong side light I was able to discern an image on one side.  There is something on the reverse also, but I can't make anything out.  Caesarea had two hippodromes in its history, one from the Herodian era and a later one inland from the harbour, but I have never heard of any such representation on a tessera.  Rotating the axis gives suggestions of a barge with water below, or a design reminiscent of a Hieroglyph, but I am really at a loss here for a clear explanation.  Below are various orientations and a drawing of what I think I can see.  Any ideas would be most welcome.    Thanks, Jimi

BCC LT109
Lead Tessera
Roman 1st-4th Century CE
Obv: Uncertain type.  Hippodrome?
Barge? or Hieroglyph?
Rev: Uncertain type, extremely
faint image.
Pb12.5 x 10.5 x 1.0mm. 0.88gm.
Surface find Caesarea Maritima ca. 1970's
(click for larger pics)
Tessera gallery: https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=lastup&cat=-5157

 

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