Sekhmet as Genius of AfricaQ. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio (47-46 BC). AR denarius (20mm, 3.83 gm, 9h). Utica. P. Licinius Crassus Junianus, legatus pro praetore. Q. METEL. PIVS on right, SCIPIO. IMP on left, lion-headed figure of Genius of Africa (Sekhmet) standing facing, holding ankh; above, C. T. A / P. CRASSVS. IVN on right, LEG. PRO. P. R. on left, Victory standing left, holding winged caduceus and small round shield. Crawford 460/4. Sear 43. Sydenham 1050. Caecilia 51. The rarest of the denarii of Scipio. Toned. Extremely Fine.
From the Mayflower Collection. Ex New York Sale III (7 December 2000), 545.
This remarkable type portrays the lion-headed figure of Spirit of the land of Africa, as identified by the accompanying inscription, GTA (either Genius Tutelaris Africae or Genius terrae Africae), holding the symbol of life, or ankh. Grueber identifies the goddess as Sekhmet, who personified the whole of North Africa.
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