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Hadrian, 117 - 138 A.D., Perga, Pamphylia
Artemis is depicted here in the same pose as The Diana of Versailles, a slightly over life-size Roman marble statue from the 1st or 2nd century A.D., copying a lost Greek bronze original attributed to Leochares, c. 325 B.C. The sculpture also has a stag at her side. The sculpture may have come from a sanctuary at Nemi or possibly from Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli. In 1556, it was given by Pope Paul IV to Henry II of France, a subtle allusion to the king's mistress, Diane de Poitiers. It is now in the Musťe du Louvre, Paris.
RP86567. Bronze AE 21, SNG BnF
3345, SNG Cop
-, SNG Righetti
-, gVF/aVF, nice green patina
, attractive portrait, porous, areas of reverse
slightly rough, Perga (15 km east of Antalya, Turkey) mint, weight
5.484g, maximum diameter
21.1mm, die axis
, 117 - 138 A.D.; obverse
, laureate draped cuirassed bust
right, from behind; reverse
APTEMI∆OC ΠEPΓAIAC, Artemis
standing right, bow in left hand, reaching with right hand for arrow in quiver on his shoulder, stag right on far side
; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; rare
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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