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E-auction 212-138539 - bga_423357 - SENONES (Area of Sens) Bronze INS à l’oiseau et au vase, classe VIII

SENONES (Area of Sens) Bronze INS à l’oiseau et au vase, classe VIII XF
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Estimate : 90 €
Price : 55 €
Maximum bid : 95 €
End of the sale : 08 May 2017 14:07:30
bidders : 9 bidders
Type : Bronze INS à l’oiseau et au vase, classe VIII
Date: c. après 45 AC.
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 2,55 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Bronze rare sur un flan court avec des types bien identifiables. patine grise avec quelques piqûres
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête à droite, les cheveux divisés en grosses mèches élancées, ramenées en arrière ; l’œil est bouleté ; torque bouleté sous le cou.


Reverse legend : INS.
Reverse description : Oiseau à gauche, le bec au-dessus d’un vase ; au-dessus, un pentagramme et une croisette aux extrémités bouletées accostée de quatre globules ; deux annelets centrés derrière la queue de l’oiseau.


Cette variété au vase est rare. Le droit a une coiffure caractéristique de cette variété. Au revers, la légende INS, typique de ce type précis, est en bord de flan, à gauche du vase.

Historical background

SENONES (Area of Sens)

(2nd - 1st century BC)

The Sénons, whose name means the sages or the elders, controlled a vast territory which extended between the south of Champagne and the north of Burgundy. Their main oppidum was Agedincum (Sens) which still retains the name of the ancient civitas today. They had several other oppida like Auxerre, Tonnerre or Avallon. Divona seems to have been the principal sanctuary of the Senones. Caesar had wintered six of his legions in 53 BC at Agedincum. Labienus, Caesar's lieutenant and legate, came to settle in the region of Sens between Gergovie and Alesia in order to control the roads and protect Caesar's armies from an attack from the Belgians or the Germans. Caesar (BG. II, 2; V, 54, 56; VI, 2, 3, 44; VII, 4, 10, 11, 34, 56-59, 62, 75). Ptolemy (G. II, 8, 9).

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