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Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Ephesos with cista mystica

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Obverse: Serpent gliding left from cista mystica; all within wreath of ivy. Reverse: Bow within bowcase ornamented with aplustre between two serpents. In field right, cult statue of Ephesian Artemis. Inscription in Greek at left. (see media screen for Greek inscription)

Provenance

By 1964: Hans von Aulock Collection; purchased by MFA from Hans von Aulock, September 23, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 160–150 B.C.

Mint

Ephesos, Ionia

Dimensions

Diameter: 31 mm. Weight: 12.56 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

64.1360

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins