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Tetradrachm of Mende with ithyphallic ass

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Obverse: Ithyphallic ass walking to right, left foreleg bent; on rump, a crow, to left pecking at the animal; at right, a bird standing right, wings closed; dotted ground line; border of dots (test cut). Inscription in Greek. (See media screen for Greek inscriptions.) Reverse: Incuse square...

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Provenance

From the Egyptian Delta Hoard, 1887 (Num. Chron., 1890, pl. i,4); by date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, 510–480 B.C.

Mint

Mende, Macedonia

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0545.

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 16.08 gm.

Accession Number

04.679

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins