Numismatik Lanz München   |   Auction 151   |   30 June - 1 July 2011
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Lot 985



Estimate: 1'500 EUR   |   Starting price: 900 EUR Price realized: 2'000 EUR
DEVOTIONALIE
Bleideckel einer Pilgerkapsel. COLOMШN, der König Salomon in der Mitte auf seinem Richterstuhl thronend, rechts und links von ihm je eine Frau mit einem Kind auf dem Arm. Im Abschnitt zwei Vögel (Hühner?), die auf einander einhacken. 16,75g. Sehr schön. In Book of Kings I 3 two prostitutes appeal to Solomon to decide their case: Both had given birth to a child in the same night, but one of the babies died immediately after birth. Afterwards each of the women laid claim to the child still alive. In the end Solomon pretended to solve the problem by cutting the two babies into halves. In this moment the real mother of the baby still alive cried out and prevented Solomon from this cruel action. By doing this Solomon could find out the baby's real mother. The Judgement of Solomon became very famous, especially in European literature and fine arts, but Greek and Roman literates had made no use of the biblical tale (cf. K. Brodersen, Salomon in Alexandria?, in: Festschrift für K. Baltzer, 1993, 21-30). Hence this leaden cap of a capsule is a product of Jewish or early Christian craftsmanship in the Greek east (4/5th c.?). An unpublished and very early testimony for a famous biblical tale.

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