Obv. Isis as Demeter, clothed in long tunic and upper garment blown out behind her shoulders, running to l., holding a long flaming torch in both hands. Modius on head. Below, the upper part of a small figure, head to l., arms extended, holding two ears of grain in each hand. The posture is somewhat like that of the river Orontes as he appears at the feet of the Tyche of Antioch; but Orontes is swimming. Apparently in this design the artist chose to abandon the proper pose of the swimmer in order to give the figure the grain stalks, as appropriate for an attendant of Demeter. The running or striding attitude is apparently not elsewhere attested either for Isis or for Demeter.
Haematite. Upright oval, 24 X 19 X 3.
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