Domitia ?

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  1. eparch

    eparch Well-Known Member

    A new pseudo - autonomous acquisition :
    Phrygia. Kibyra AD 81-96. high priest, Klau Bias
    Bronze Æ

    15 mm., 2,03 g. RPC II 1267

    ΚΙΒΥΡΑΤΩΝ ΙΝΩ, veiled and draped bust of Ino right

    [EΠI] AΡXIEΡ KΛAY BIANTOC, humped bull butting or crouching right.

    However, RPC notes that the hairstyle is like that of Domitia.

    An intended compliment to Domitia ?

    From Wiki :
    Ino was the second wife of the Minyan king Athamas, mother of Learches and Melicertes and stepmother of Phrixus and Helle. She was the second daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia[3] and one of the three sisters of Semele, the mortal woman of the house of Cadmus who gave birth to Dionysus. The three sisters were Agave, Autonoë and Ino, who was a surrogate for the divine nurses of Dionysus
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  3. Roman Collector

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    Not so sure about the hairstyle resembling Domitia's coiffure. She is typically portrayed with an elaborate coiffure, curled extensively and piled high above the forehead and with a long plait falling down the back of the neck. See this bust in the Capitoline museum in Rome:

    Domitia 3.jpg

    On other portraits, the coiffure is even more severe:

    Domitia 1.jpg
    Domitia 2.jpg
    Domitia 4.jpg

    This provincial perhaps understates the empress's elaborate coiffure:

    Domitian, AD 81-96, and Domitia, AD 82-96.
    Roman provincial Æ 24 mm, 9.45 g.
    Cilicia, Anazarbus, city year 112 = AD 93/4.
    Obv: ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΥΙ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕ ΓΕΡ, laureate head of Domitian, right; behind, star.
    Rev: ΚΑΙΣΑΡΕΩΝ ΔΟΜΕΤΙΑ ⳞΕΒΑⳞΤΗ, ΙΒ-Ρ (in field), draped bust of Domitia, left.
    Refs: RPC II 1749; SNG France 2019-20; BMC 9; Ziegler 76 (obv 1/rev 3); SNG Levante 1374.
    Notes: Double die match to RPC specimen (Roma Numismatics XVIII, 29 Sept. 2019, lot 758 (ex Künker 236, 7 Oct. 2013, lot 1025)) and the SNG Levante plate coin.

    It is more apparent in this difficult-to-photograph diassarion:

    Domitian and Domitia, AD 81-96
    Roman provincial AE Assarion; 5.12 gm. 20 mm
    Thessaly, Larissa, AD 82-96
    Obv: ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΝ ΚΑΙΣ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΛΟΙ, laureate head of Domitian, right
    Rev: ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΣΤΗ, draped bust of Domitia, right
    Refs: SGI 891; BMC 7.7,76; RPC II 278; Rogers 88.
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  4. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I dunno, @Roman Collector ... One of my Daughters is a Marine Biologist. I think that is the species BRAIN CORAL adhered to her head...

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  5. eparch

    eparch Well-Known Member

    @Roman Collector - thank you for your reply - I am sure you are
    probably right. A search for Domitia on RPC gave over a 100 examples,the great majority with an elaborate hairstyle.
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  6. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    For comparison, here is a Domitia cistophorus struck in 82 at Rome.

    D847.jpg Domitia
    AR Cistophorus
    Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD
    Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
    Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
    RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.). BNC 226.
    Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.
  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    My Domitia may not have the brain coral, but perhaps a bunch of grapes... or is that her face-on bust on the reverse?

    RProv Domitia Lydia Philadelphia AE 16 Grape Bunch RPC 1336
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