, c. 600 - 550 B.C.
In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. In early Greek art, Sirens were represented as birds with large women's heads, bird feathers, and scaly feet. Later, they were represented as female figures with the legs of birds, with or without wings, playing a variety of musical instruments, especially harps. Later Sirens were sometimes depicted as beautiful women, whose bodies, not only their voices, were seductive.SH84464. hemihekte, Unpublished in major references; Naville auction VII (1924), Collection, lot 1435; CNG, XI (8 Jan 2008), lot 253, aEF, , earthen deposits, 1.367 g, maximum 8.8 mm, , uncertain mint, c. 600 - 550 B.C.; siren standing left; square punch; ex Numismatica Ars Classica, auction 92, 2 (24 May 2016), lot 1476; this is not published in the major references but many examples are known from auctions; ; $1440.00 (Ä1281.60)
, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial
RPC notes that a worn specimen of this "has recently turned up in a small hoard of bronzes from , which otherwise had nothing later than AD 121/2." Prior to that date, only and ruled long enough to issue coins dated year 21 and RPC suggests to . We disagree. Year 21 of was seven years before his first dated coins. ruled long enough, but the mint stopped striking bronze in his year six. died on 8 or 9 August of his 20th year. In , Trajan's 21st year would have begun on 29 August 117. We believe this was struck after 29 August 117, in the few days before the mint was informed of his death. The short period explains the great rarity. After the mint was informed of Hadrian's accession, they changed the to the bull right and the date to L B, year 2 of .
RX85457. Bronze , 5111 (5 spec.), 50, 2629, A.5, 4260 (R5 for year 20, a misreading of year 21), -, F, irregular underweight , date weak, 0.810 g, maximum 11.8 mm, 315o, mint, , 29 Aug - early Sep 117 A.D.; right; right, L KA (year 21); very ; $180.00 (Ä160.20)
Etruscan, Bronze Ladle , 6th - 5th Century B.C.
Ex Museo Nazionale di ; ex Ran Ryan, from the collection of . Museo Nazionale di was founded in 1889 in the Villa di Papa Giulio (Pope Julius), built in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III. Today the museum is devoted to pre-Roman antiquities, from , , and southern . In the 1950's the museum sold to Rex Ryan, a dealer with a shop in . Alex Malloy, an antiquities dealer in for 40 years, purchased some of these antiquities, including this piece, from Rex Ryan, in 1974.
Greek, Etruscan and Roman bronzes by Gisela notes, "the shape is distinguished for its grace and simplicity" and "ladles of this are commonly found together with black-figured and red-figured vases in tombs in ."
AM12357. Bronze ladle ; cf. 648; 14 inches long; bifurcated top, each end with a duck terminal (one missing); green , $155.00 (Ä137.95)
, Uncertain City (probably Mylasa), c. 420 - 390 B.C.
Among the smallest coins ever minted.GA76794. Silver tetartemorion, 940 - 943, I 926, VF, 0.150 g, maximum 5.7 mm, 165o, Carian mint, c. 420 - 390 B.C.; forepart of right, turned back left; bird standing left within square; $100.00 (Ä89.00)
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