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Roman Bronze Vessel Handle, Ornamented With Bacchus and a Panther, c. 1st Century A.D.
The Panther was the companion of Bacchus. The grapevine and its wild barren alter-ego, the toxic ivy plant, were both sacred to him. This handle was once attached to vessel used for serving or drinking wine.AI30971. height 8.0 cm (3"), excellent condition with a nice green patina, bronze vessel handle ornamented with a facing young head of Bacchus wearing an ivy wreath in his long flowing hair, panther skin tied at neck, the curving handle ends with a panther head; $390.00 (Ä343.20)
Lesbos, c. 500 - 450 B.C.
A most unusual use of illusion on a coin. The two confronting boars' heads can also be viewed as the facing head of a panther.GA89723. Billon 1/12 stater, SNGvA 7712; SNG MŁnchen 646; Rosen 542; BMC Troas p. 151, 15; HGC 6 1069 (R2); SNG Cop -, gVF, dark toning, small edge crack, weight 1.195 g, maximum diameter 9.9 mm, uncertain Koinon of Lesbos mint, c. 500 - 450 B.C.; obverse confronting boar heads, creating the illusion of a facing head of a panther; reverse incuse square punch, M in one quarter; $250.00 (Ä220.00)
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Liber ("the free one" also known as Liber Pater "the free Father") was a god of viticulture and wine, fertility and freedom. He was a patron deity of Rome's plebeians and was part of their Aventine Triad. His festival of Liberalia (March 17) became associated with free speech and the rights attached to coming of age. His cult and functions were increasingly associated with Romanized forms of the Greek Dionysus-Bacchus, whose mythology he came to share. RS92845. Silver denarius, RIC IV 32 (S); RSC III 301; BMCRE V p. 31, 64; Hunter III 10; SRCV II 6307, aVF, tight flan, flow lines, scratches, edge cracks, weight 2.193 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 194 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP III, laureate head right; reverse LIBERO PATRI, Liber (Bacchus) standing half left, nude but for chlamys over shoulder, pouring wine from oenochoe in right hand for panther at feet on left, thyrsus vertical behind in left hand; scarce; $130.00 (Ä114.40)