Fimbria cistophori

Book captioning isn’t leaving lots of time for blogging or other research, but it’s almost done.  Today while doing a little image research I realized I had a photo on file from years back of the Ashmolean specimen of the Fimbria cistophorus (Metcalf 705).  It won’t work for the book as I need the IMPERAT to be legible.  I’ll pay for an image of Boston specimen instead.  Still, I like the photo as it has the tags and shows the back and forth over attribution. (Metcalf endorses Witschonke and Amandry’s attribution to Pergamon now).

Fimbria.jpg

Pegasus at Capua

I started thinking about this previous post, when spotting this type from the second Punic War in the back of HN Italy while writing a caption for another Capuan type.  Clearly it owes much to the Corinthian pegasi and all the derivative types.

(same coin two different photos)

Capture1.JPGCapture.JPG

Things that strike me as interesting about this type is the bridle on the pegasus.  Not on Siculo-Punic Issues, maybe but not likely on Roman currency bar at least based on BM photo.

Capture.JPG

Bridles do appear on numismatic pegagoi, just not that often.  The straight out tail is also unusual.

On the obverse the rendering of the goddess’ hair in two large long ringlets is unusual.  My first thought was the ringlets on RRC 39/1:

Capture2.JPG

Or even the ringlets on the personification of Alexandria obv. of RRC 419/2.

Also I want to think about the triple crested helmet in light of Myles McDonnell’s thoughts on the symbolism of the helmet type…

And while were on RRC 39/1, (I’m sure this cannot be a new idea, but) perhaps the horns on this goddess are a misunderstanding of the leaves of the sheaves of grain in Tanit’s hair?!

Capture.JPG

 

Worrying at Dolbras

I started by trying to caption RRC 59/5. And then I went an reread an old post of mine on Dolabella ‘ s as moneyers or possible moneyers.  And that got me worried about the dating of both RRC 73 and RRC 59 given the redating by Russo of RRC 81.  RRC 73 isn’t in any hoard earlier than Bavagna which closes ~116 BCE.  So Sicily and 2nd Punic War seems a not obvious necessary ID – Crawford’s weight standard argument is less conclusive if we add in 4 recent specimens in trade (average of 8 known specimens, comes down to 4.15, SD .251).  I then went digging in specimens that have come up in trade to see if I could sniff out any wisdom or clues.  All I found so far is this odd die feature (also visible on BM 2002,0102.330 ex Hersh Coll.).

Capture.JPG

 

Capture.JPG

Other things I learned today is that the Rex Sacorum probably didn’t wear an apex (I’ll report back as I get in more ILL) and that nobody agrees which figure is which on the Ara Pacis.  So there.  A post of no conclusions.  Just a lot of time spent fretting about a stupid hammer and a possible canting pun.