Hadrian

550.00

Egypt, Prosopite, 126-127 AD (year 11). Æ obol, 4.87 gr.

Obv: laureate bust of Hadrian to the right, drapery on left shoulder.

Rev: bust of young Harsomtous to the right, wearing nemes and hem-hem crown, raising right hand to mouth; in fields: ΠPOCΩLIA.

Ref: RPC 6398.20 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 309, 11098 (this coin). From the Dattari collection.

Brown patina, extremely rare. Very fine.

 

Harsomtous is the only god who, at Dendera, is represented through three completely different, and yet complementary, forms: serpent, falcon and human. Originally, the serpent completes the falcon as master of the celestial firmament; also human, Harsomtous encompasses ofcourse the earthly royalty in the context of his sovereignty.
The falcon is an incarnation of Horus, his eyes representing the sun and the moon, he dominates the North and South, the East and West. At Dendera, where female supremacy was glorified, this ancient multi-royalty whose testimony was the king-serpent, often came at a second place.
Somtous, “the unifier of the land” appeared in the Old Kingdom to preside over this unification of lower- and upper-Egypt, which would constitute the returning political objective of the Pharaos. With Harsomtous he is being identified with Horus. His first human form didn’t appear until Mentouhotep (11th dynasty), who was of considerable importance in the unification of lower- and upper-Egypt.
Moreover, Harsomtous is the protector of dangerous desert animals.

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Description

Egypt, Prosopite, 126-127 AD (year 11). Æ obol, 4.87 gr.

Obv: laureate bust of Hadrian to the right, drapery on left shoulder.

Rev: bust of young Harsomtous to the right, wearing nemes and hem-hem crown, raising right hand to mouth; in fields: ΠPOCΩLIA.

Ref: RPC 6398.20 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 309, 11098 (this coin).
Brown patina, extremely rare. Very fine.

From the Dattari collection.