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Offline Ancientnoob

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Kidarite Huns AD 360-380 Varo(?) / Kidara (?)
« on: April 16, 2015, 04:11:14 AM »
All the crowns are different!!!! Do we know for sure what King this is? Varo(?) Maybe Kidara?

Any opinions or some other examples.

Kidarites
Gandhara
AR Drachm 28 mm x 3.89 grams
Obv: Bust facing three-quarters to right, wearing plumed headdress.
Rev: Fire altar and attendants Legend under fire altar?


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Re: Kidarite Huns AD 360-380 Varo(?) / Kidara (?)
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2015, 12:37:56 PM »
Great portrait! It is tempting to call the headdress a crown, but I am wondering if it wasn't textile, rather than metal. It may even have been meant as a halo or flames coming out of the head, which seems to be a universal symbol of all times and places (compare the statue of liberty), always denoting an exalted state.

Don't see any lettering below the fire altar, but I am no expert.

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Re: Kidarite Huns AD 360-380 Varo(?) / Kidara (?)
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2015, 01:19:01 PM »
Cant give you a definite attribution by lack of reference material. But see this post.

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Re: Kidarite Huns AD 360-380 Varo(?) / Kidara (?)
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2015, 01:39:30 AM »
Yes, this is definitely a quite beautiful Pfisterer type. It is Pfisterer type 18 and also Göbl, Hunnen type 18. A king called Buddhamitra, Gandhara about 390. See this auction listing. Not an exact match though.
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Re: Kidarite Huns AD 360-380 Varo(?) / Kidara (?)
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2015, 11:21:15 PM »
Interesting I am awaiting the new reference for these coins. Any day now!
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