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Offline jkk

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Kushan bronze?
« on: December 15, 2019, 10:06:24 PM »
Sorry about the flawed photographs. I did do some image work but not sure it was nearly enough. My guess is Kushan, can't tell which ruler; 2.1g, 14.9mm. I think there is some lettering but I can't read it. Ideas of the right direction?

Jonathan

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Re: Kushan bronze?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2019, 10:08:55 AM »
I manipulated your photos by increasing contrast to the maximum, increasing light to maximum and compensating with pixel depth. What came out was:

side 1: ruler or god in dynamic pose, knees to right, holding staff, can't figure out the legend
side 2: rider on horse or elephant, right, arm horizontal, can't figure out the legend

Since the Kushan standing is always facing left, I prefer that the person standing is a god and the person on the animal is the Kushan. My best guess is that this is MACW 2915-2920, my preference being 2917.

Peter
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Re: Kushan bronze?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2019, 12:55:58 PM »
My best guess would be that this is a posthumous Azes II drachm in debased metal.

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Re: Kushan bronze?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2019, 04:04:03 PM »
Thank you both. These are my next major ID project. Peter, your observations about photo enhancement are appreciated. I will try my hand at image enhancement/clarification on the last few Afghan/Mughal bronzes. It only makes sense for me to present the most readable image--to help others to help me. With silver there hasn't been much of an issue but darkened bronze/Cu pose entirely different situations.
Jonathan