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352, Lot: 379. Estimate $100.
Sold for $65. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian. AD 117-138. BI Tetradrachm (25mm, 13.84 g, 12h). Dated RY 6 (AD 121/2). Laureate bust right, slight drapery; crescent moon before / Canopus of Osiris to right; L ς (date) across field. Köln 825; Dattari (Savio) 1321-2; K&G 32.189; Emmett 827.6. Near VF, toned, some porosity.

Canopic jars were used to store the organs that were removed from the body during the mummification process, specifically the lungs, liver, stomach, and intestines. The term “canopic” to describe such vessels is a misnomer, being derived from the port city of Canopus, where the god Osiris was worshipped in the form of a jar.