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Lead Tessera Apollo? Pegasus Caesarea Maritima


Hi, all.  Here is a small lead tessera from Caesarea M with an obverse bust right and branch? behind, along with a reverse of Pegasus taking flight.  This is the second almost identical piece in our collection from Caesaera.  Anit Hamburger illustrated a similar piece in her article but with a caduceus behind, that she suggested was Apollo, a patron of the theater, rather than Hermes, based on this combination with Pegasus or Griffon.  The style of the bust on her example is different from our two (see below).  Any ideas or comments are welcome.  Thanks, V-drome.

Lead Tessera
Caesarea Maritima
Roman 1st-3rd Century CE
Obv: Male bust to right (Apollo?),
branch or other object behind.
Rev: Pegasus advancing right.
Pb12 x 11 x 2.5mm  1.63gm.  Axis:60 (2h)
cf. Hamburger #46 with different
style of head.  cf. BCC LT63
Surface find Caesarea Maritima, 1977

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