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Both sides of an irregularly shaped bronze coin with relief decoration on each side.γ€€

On the side of the coin on the left is the extremely weathered head of a man facing right, with short tendrils of curly hair; surrounding the border, the barely legible Latin characters: A U T O K R A / A D R I A N O S. The other side of the coin depicts the extremely weathered head of a man facing right, long tendrils of hair fall down the back of neck, a laurel wreath placed around head, a full beard protrudes from face; surrounding the border, the barely legible Latin characters: E U K L E I D E S.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
1979.314
People
Hadrian, Roman (r. 117-138 CE)
Title
Coin of Hadrian, Elis
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
117-138 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Elis, Elis
Period
Roman Imperial period, Middle
Culture
Roman Provincial
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/303494

Location

Location
Level 3, Room 3200, Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Art, Classical Sculpture
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Physical Descriptions

Medium
Bronze
Metal
AE
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
27.04 g
Die Axis
2

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Fitzw. SNG 3722

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of H. Bartlett Wells, Class of 1929
Accession Year
1979
Object Number
1979.314
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Description
Obverse: Head of Hadrian r.; AUTOKRA ADRIANOS
Reverse: Head of Zeus r.; ELEION changed to EUKLEIDES in a modern recutting.

Publication History

  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 120, no. 137, ill.
  • James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 114-115, ill.
  • Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997

Exhibition History

  • 32Q: 3200 West Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

Verification Level

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