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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; $350.00 SALE |PRICE| $315.00
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
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Kallatis, Moesia Inferior
Wandering the world in a panther-drawn chariot, Dionysus rode ahead of the maenads and satyrs, who sang loudly and danced, flushed with wine. They were profusely garlanded with ivy and held the thyrsus, a staff topped with a pine-cone, a symbol of the immortality of his believers. Everywhere he went he taught men how to cultivate vines, and the mysteries of his cult. Whoever stood in his way and refused to revere him was punished with madness.RP48227. Bronze pentassarion, AMNG I/I 304, Varbanov I 278, VF, weight 12.466 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 180o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, obverse AVT K Λ CEΠT CEVHPOC ΠEPT, laureate head right; reverse KAΛΛATIANΩN, Dionysos riding on panther right, thyrsos over right shoulder, E (mark of value) in left field; rare; SOLD