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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 911

BITHYNIA, Prusias ad Hypium. Macrinus. AD 217-218. Æ Decassarion(?) (34mm, 21.46 g, 7h). Labors of Hercules issue. The Fouth Labor – The Erymanthian Boar.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 911.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Roman Provincial, Bronze, Coin-in-Hand Video

Sold For $ 3 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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BITHYNIA, Prusias ad Hypium. Macrinus. AD 217-218. Æ Decassarion(?) (34mm, 21.46 g, 7h). Labors of Hercules issue. The Fouth Labor – The Erymanthian Boar. AV·T · K M OΠЄΛ CЄOV[H]P MAKPINOC AVC (sic), laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / ΠPOVCIЄ ON ΠΡO, C VΠΙO in exergue (sic), Hercules, wearing lion’s skin, standing right, holding Erymanthian Boar over his shoulder, displaying it to Eurystheus, who stands left at Hercules’s feet, his arms raised in terror. Unpublished in the standard references. Red-brown and dark green surfaces, minor roughness. Near EF. Unique.

In the Fourth Labor, Hercules was charged with capturing the Erymanthian Boar. The beast resided in a grove sacred to Artemis near Mount Erymanthus in Arcadia, and would descend from the wilderness to wreck havoc on the surrounding farms and groves.

During his hunt for the Boar, Hercules visited his friend, the centaur Pholus, who lived in a cave on the mountain. The centaur provided the hungry and thirsty hero with food, but shied from offering him the wine he had because it did not belong to him, and was for the use of all the centaurs. Hercules, nevertheless, opened the jar, and, smelling the wine’s aroma, the other centaurs became excited and intoxicated. A fight soon ensued, and Hercules slew a number of centaurs with arrows poisoned by the blood of the Hydra. During the melee, another of Hercules’s friends, the kindly centaur Chiron, was accidentally wounded. Although Chiron did not die, as he was immortal, he did experience great pain. Hercules attempted to medicate the wound, but his efforts were of little avail. In return for his kindness, however, Chiron offered advice to the hero as to how he could capture the Boar.

Now back on task after his disastrous dawdling, Hercules trapped the Boar by pursuing it through the mountain snows until the creature collapsed from exhaustion. Netting the animal, he carried it back to Tiryns and presented it to Eurystheus. Frightened by the Boar, Eurystheus hid himself in a large bronze crater, as is depicted here. This scene is well known from an Attic Black-Figure vase of the late sixth century BC in the David M. Robinson Collection in the University of Mississippi (D.M. Robinson, "Unpublished Greek Vases in the Robinson Collection," AJA 60.1 [January 1956], 12, and pl. 8).

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Three, which begins 20 January 2021 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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