User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Parthia with bust of Mithradates II

Start collecting

Obverse: Bust of Mithradates II to left with long pointed beard, diadem with long ends, and cuirass; border of dots. Reverse: Arsakes I, in military dress, seated right on omphalos and holding bow. In field at right, palm-branch. Inscription in Greek. Struck under Mithradates II (123-88/7 B.C.).

Provenance

Said to have come from a hoard found near Bagdad; by 1926: with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc and Naville & Cie., 6 & 8 rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 12, October 18-23, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, lot 2172 [as Dr. Adler Collection, Bagdad]); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; April 4, 1935: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 123–88/7 B.C.

Mint

Seleukeia-on-the-Tigris (Babylonia), Parthia (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2216.

Dimensions

Diameter: 31 mm. Weight: 15.70 gm.

Accession Number

35.178

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins