10 December 2004
A ROMAN BRONZE MATRIX WITH ARTEMIS OF EPHESUS
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
For hammering sheet metal votives, the plaque cast in raised relief with the goddess standing within a naos, depicted with her arms outstretched, a deer to either side, a star and a bird in the field beside her head, with her identifiable iconography, including a high polos, arm bands, rows of bull's testes along her torso, and registers of animals along the length of her body
4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high
Acquired by the current owner in the 1980s.
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For a group of matrix-hammered silver votives see nos. 29-36, tafel 57-69 in Kellner and Zahlhaas, Der Römische Tempelschatz von Weissenburg i. Bay.
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