I first posted about this gem when getting acquainted with Gori this past summer.
It’s been worrying me ever since. Yesterday, Social Media solved my confusion about the male head its Oceanus. Today with a little prompting it helped me find the impression James Tassie made in the Beazley archive. So thrilled.
And much to my horror I now know how to match Tassie catalogue and Tassie plates. I could get lost for weeks, must resist.
I do love a mirror (I think its the round intimate composition form I love really, coins, gems, lamps, I’ll take’m all). Anyway. In one of my classes yesterday the birth of Dionysus came up and then I stumbled on this lovely Etruscan mirror today. So I’m posting. To drawings of the same object . Top is from Millin 1811.
This is just a quick drop for future ref. I was browsing this book looking for a reference to a gem I’m using my current article project. The image reminded me so much of a paper I heard on the Etruscan for runners to the Caput Oli myth as the AIA/SCS a month ago! Can’t remember who presented it but it will come to me.
Look familiar? Of course it does! RRC 509/5 is a perfect example of the way in which coin images a huge staying power and can be resurrected after centuries to evoke connections between events/places/people. The inspiration is one of the many representations of same goddess (likely Tanit, but perhaps seen by some as Demeter, or other name for the mother/fertility/argiculture goddess) on the coinage of Carthage.
I’m not sure if the wrong descriptor got linked to the the wrong image or if someone was just very tired and confused about their large ‘exotic animals’ …. File under odd database search results. (image links to original database entry)
What the heck is going on on the right hand side of the image. Some other smaller animal(s), but what? Maybe a beast fight?
On the Bronze coins of Amisos from the time of Mithridates, I think it likely that the winged bust of a youth is Hermes (Mercury). On the coins of Amisos of this period the obverse and reverse are closely thematically tied one to another (Eros/Quiver, Perseus/harpa or pegasus, Dionysus/Cista Mystica, Athena/Perseus slaying Medusa, Herakles club and quiver, Amazon (?) in a leather persian cap/quiver and un strung bow, Artemis/tripod, etc…).
Hermes gave the Dioscuri their horses and is the bringer of good fortune (i.e. horn of plenty) the literary testimony is slim but solid. Which in turn made me thing about RRC 14/1 and RRC 25/4 in the aes grave series!