Aureus with bust of Caracalla
Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 043.
Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 7.08 gm. Die Axis: 1
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right.
Reverse: Caracalla, laureate and in military dress, sacrifices before the temple of Aesculapius at Pergamum. He holds a scepter and a patera above a small altar. Within the temple in front of the emperor is a statue of Aesculapius, holding a serpent-wreathed rod. Behind the emperor is a togate figure holding a roll in his left hand, perhaps representing the Senate. On the base of the temple is the small figure of Telesphorus, son of Aesculapius, holding a palm branch. In background above the emperor’s right shoulder, a vexillum.
By 2004: with Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 31 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602 (according to the warranty attached to the bill of sale, the aureus was purchased in London and was possibly found in Lebanon); June 23, 2004: purchased by MFA from Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour