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Lead Tessera Shield, Star, or Wheel from Caesarea Maritima


Hi, all.  Here is another very small lead tessera with a difficult-to-see design.  Could be a star or spoked wheel, or a shield with such a design, but any ideas are welcome.  The lower half is flattened and the pattern is erased, but I have drawn what I think would be there.  I found a vaguely similar design in Anit Hamburger's article on tesserae from Caesarea Maritima, but hers is considerably larger and not really the same.  Thanks, again.  Jimi

Lead Tessera
Caesarea Maritima
1st to 4th Century CE
Obv:  Possible star or wheel pattern bearing eight
rays or spokes, maybe intended to represent a shield? 
Rev: Raised circular device with central pellet.  The lower
quadrant is damaged on both sides, erasing the image in
these sections.
12.5 x 11 x 1.0mm 0.70gm. Axis:NA
Surface find Caesarea Maritima, 1977

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