Art Institute of Chicago - Sestertius (Coin) Portraying Marcus Aurelius or Lucius Verus

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Marsyas Mike, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    From the Art Institute of Chicago, close but no cigar:

    https://www.artic.edu/artworks/142691/sestertius-coin-portraying-marcus-aurelius-or-lucius-verus

    I thought somebody might want to do the honors and straighten them out on this?

    A while back I did this for The Royal Ontario Museum (it was Julia Mamaea, not Julia Domna as they described her) and they were a bit "meh" about it - as if I'd created extra work for somebody. But they did correct the page:

    https://collections.rom.on.ca/objec...bb5e3cbf-471d-4fea-80b0-1b567e213567&idx=1043
     
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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I have sent an e-mail to them notifying them it depicts Commodus.
     
  4. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    I thought I saw "COMMOD" on that obverse legend. On the Ontario example I sent full attribution, but they didn't use any of it. I suppose it doesn't matter for artistic purposes.
     
  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    This kinda shows how much ancient coins matter to some museums. Many of the museums I've been to just show piles of coins with no identification other than where they might have been found.
     
  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Roma Invicta

    The Stanford Art Museum has a collection of Ptolemaic tetradrachms on display in their ancient art section. However, they don't attribute them by ruler, there is only a placard that says Ptolemy I-XII below the coins. One kind of wishes that they would have gone to the trouble to attribute them.
     
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