Dionysos Coin

Here is a proposed design for a coin to Dionysos. This is a possible future project of the Antonine Imperium.

Dionysos dupondius coin

Dionysos dupondius coin

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Published in: on May 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm  Comments (5)  
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Zeus Ammon Coin

Here is a proposed design for a coin to Zeus Ammon. This is a possible future project of the Antonine Imperium.

Zeus Ammon sestertius coin

Zeus Ammon sestertius coin

Published in: on May 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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Statues for Flora and Aphrodite

 

Flora with roses

Flora with roses

   Sometimes it can be difficult to find just the right image to offer to the Gods. I have been looking for a while for a statue of Aphrodite but couldn’t find anything I really liked except for a replica of the Venus Genetrix, which was “out of stock indefiinitely” at the shops to which I made inquiries. I was also looking for a statue of Flora, but the only two statues that I found that were identified as Flora were not at all suitable.

Then, quite by chance, I came across the two figurines shown here. They were identified as spirits of spring flowers, or fairies of spring. I looked at the pictures for a while and then decided that I had made a discovery. The figure with the roses would make a fine image of Flora, and after some consideration I thought that the figure with the lilies would be appropriate for Aphrodite. I don’t think that there are any ancient references that particularly associate Aphrodite with lilies, but now she has a new title (in my devotions anyway) “Aphrodite of the Lilies”. Roses are associated with both goddesses but I chose the figure with roses for Flora. Aphrodite has not been a major figure in my circle of deities in the past but she has been gently calling herself to my attention so I thought that I should do something. Flora used to be a major focus of devotion for me but over time that relationship gradually faded away. Well, Flora is back!
 
The style of the figures is Art Nouveau, after designs by Mucha. Not classical GraecoRoman exactly, but very nicely done.

Aphrodite with lilies

Aphrodite with lilies

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Apis – Statue

Apis 1

Apis, in the form of this statue, presided over my Thanksgiving feast yesterday. The Egyptian Apis is a god of  material abundance and prosperity, among other things, so I thought he would be an appropriate deity to share a feast with.

Statues of Apis are hard to find. I came across this small reproduction a few weeks ago. Not exactly perfect, but it’s pretty good. I would prefer a golden bull statue, or black, with just the solar disk and without the human figure and the block of hieroglyphs. Alas, Apis is not much favored among the companies that make reproduction statues. Still, this is a nice figure.

Hail Apis, God of Abundance!

Published in: on November 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Wepwawet – Statue and Coin

The Egyptian deity Wepwawet has been slowly entering my consciousness for some time now. Which is totally unlooked for and somewhat curious. Curious, I say, because his totem animal is the jackal or wolf, a dog like creature, similar to that of Anubis. I don’t particularly like dogs. I am much more of a cat person, or even a crocodile person. Now for the second time a deity with canine associations has made itself present in my awareness. The first was Hekate, about three years ago. Hekate’s epiphany was vivid, startling, revealing, and totally unexpected. Wepwawet’s approach has been subtle, quiet, like someone softly saying “hello”. So, a new experience. I decided that it would be nice to have an image of Wepwawet. No one makes statues of Wepwawet. There are lots and lots of statues of Anubis available today, but nothing for Wepwawet. Then I discovered something interesting. Egyptian statues and paintings of Anubis always show him as black, but  images of Wepwawet show him as brown, gray, or white. This has led scholars to suggest that the original totem animal of Wepwawet was a wolf. The principal cult center of Wepwawet was a place called Zawty (modern Asyut), which the Greeks called Lycopolis, City of the Wolf.  Images of Anubis and Wepwawet as a jackal headed man are more or less identical, except for the color and any accompanying inscriptions. A catalog came in the mail, and there it was – a white statue of Anubis. Although described as Anubis, the statue is very clearly suitable as an image of Wepwawet. So I sent away for it and it was delivered to my home five days later. I gave it to Wepwawet and I think he is pleased. The figure is 12 inches high, in ivory white color, and wears a vaguely Egyptian style tunic. The tunic is studded with little mirror insets which almost give the impression that the figure is wearing armor. A curious non Egyptian detail, but the figure looks nice. The coin design is a modern design for a coin in honor of Wepwawet. The issuance of this coin will be a future project of the Antonine Imperium, if funding should become available someday.

Hail Wepwawet! Opener of the Ways! Battle Leader! Hunter! Guardian! Guide! Helper!

 

Published in: on October 12, 2010 at 12:32 am  Comments (9)  
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