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Offline Quant.Geek

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Western Sogdiana: King Asbar (3rd-6th Century AD) AE Drachm
« on: March 13, 2014, 07:57:24 PM »
Western Sogdiana: King Asbar (3rd - 6th Century AD) AE Drachm

Obv: Portrait of ruler facing right
Rev: Bukharan tamgha arranged as a firealtar, sogdian legend on both sides: " xwβ īsbr"

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Re: Western Sogdiana: King Asbar (3rd-6th Century AD) AE Drachm
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2014, 11:01:29 AM »
The tamgha as fire altar design is more common in the 7th century. This early appearance is coupled with a delicate, almost feminine head that seems to betray Sassanid influence (leaving out the elaborate Sassanid crowns). It's like a master craftsman set out to create a characteristic design for a recognisable coin and it became a benchmark for a century, not just in Bukhara, but also in nearby Khorezm.

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Re: Western Sogdiana: King Asbar (3rd-6th Century AD) AE Drachm
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2014, 09:06:31 PM »
My first association with the portrait was the resemblance with the hairstyle on egyptian murals. But indeed the coin also has its own destinctively original character in style.

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Re: Western Sogdiana: King Asbar (3rd-6th Century AD) AE Drachm
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2019, 01:49:59 PM »
I think this is Asbar also. The portrait seems older.

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