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- Date: circa first cent. B.C.
The image of the young maiden is of Hygieia, daughter of Asclepius, god of healing. The cult of Hygieia as an independent godess of wellbeing and the continuation of good health began after the oracle of Delphi recognized her in the fifth century B.C. The image of the intaglio is on a coin from Hieropolis, in today’s Turkey. This ancient Greek city was built around the end of the third century B.C.on top of the hot springs of Pamukkale. Asclepius and Hygieia must have had statues in Hieropolis, since the town’s fame and wealth was founded on the healing properties of the springs, so much so that the coin of the town showed Athene on one side and Hygieia on the other.The exactness of the image on the coin /Ref:SNG Levante 1576/ and the intaglio suggests that both are depicting ” the” statue.
Setting: first half of the last cent.
Size of intaglio: 19mmx16mm
Size of ring: Q, internal diameter: 20mm