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    Music and Ritual

    Samaria (late 4th century BC). AR quarter-shekel (17mm, 3.62 gm, 12h). Bearded male figure seated r. on throne playing 5-string harp, below r. mask (?) above r. cuneiform symbols / Male figure on r. stabs horse on l. with spear held in both hands; point of spear emerging from back of horse, all in dotted border. M-Q CS 58,22 (this coin). Samuels 23 (this coin). M-Q SC 128. Extremely rare. Test cut. Find patina. Good Very Fine.

    There are parallels between the obverse motif and the ceremonies in the First Temple, during which musicians played an important role. The male does not wear a royal crown and "considering the fact that this is an original Samarian coin type and not an imitation of some Cilician or Persian coin prototype, one could suggest a possibility that this figure may represent some aspect of Samaritan religious practice" (M-Q SC: 35).


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