Medallion with bust of Commodus

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 189–191


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 42 mm. Weight: 58.90 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

65.907

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

Obverse: Bust of Commodus, laureate, draped, cuirassed, left.
MCOMMODVSANTONINV SPIVSFELIXAVGBRIT
Reverse: Harbor at Ostia with emperor standing at right, before a tripod, accompanied by a priest; lighthouse at right; in foreground, a sacrificed bull. At left, ship under sail with Serapis seated in stern. Two smaller ships, one with standards, in center. Two more ships above, one under sail.
[VO]TIS FELICIBVS

Provenance

By 1965: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., September 22, 1965

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour