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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 pantherhead; $440.00 (€374.00)
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.GA87115. Billon 1/12 stater, BMC Troas p. 151, 14; SNG Cop 287; Traité I, p. 350, 564; HGC 6 1067 (R2); SNGvA 7712 var. (no ethnic); SNG Mün 645 ff. var. (same), VF, porous, edge crack, weight 0.982 g, maximum diameter 9.5 mm, uncertain Koinon of Lesbos mint, c. 500 - 450 B.C.; obverseconfrontingboar heads, creating the illusion of a facing head of a panther, ΛEΣ above; reverse quadripartite incuse square punch; very rare; $90.00 (€76.50)
Nesos, Islands off Lesbos, c. 350 - 300 B.C.
GB30239. Bronze AE 9, SNG Cop 431, SNGvA 1762, VF, weight 0.749 g, maximum diameter 8.8 mm, die axis 180o, Nesos mint, obverse laureate head right; reverse NA[Σ...], panther left, head facing; rare; SOLD