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Object Details

Title:

Token

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Roman Empire (Egypt) (Place created)

Date:

early 1st century A.D.

Medium:

Ivory

Dimensions:

2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Marshall and Ruth Goldberg

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This circular token probably served as a game counter. The obverse shows an obelisk standing beside a building with club-shaped columns of Egyptian style. The reverse is inscribed in Greek with the name Nikopolis, along with the Roman numeral IIII and the Greek letter delta. The inscription identifies the location of the obelisk and building as Nikopolis, a suburb of Alexandria in Egypt.

Provenance
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Marshall Goldberg

- 1979

and Mrs. Ruth Goldberg (Beverly Hills, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1979.

Bibliography

Jentoft-Nilsen, Marit. "Some Objects Relating to the Theatre." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 10 (1982), pp. 159-164, pp. 159, 161-62; figs. 4-5.

Pleket, H.W. and Stroud, R.S., eds. Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 32. (Amsterdam: J.C. Gieben, 1985), p. 452, no. 1621.

Bodel, John, and Stephen Tracy. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist (New York: American Academy in Rome, 1997), p. 13.