Coin

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
Sasanian, reign of Narses
A.D. 293–303


Dimensions

Overall: weight: 7.340 gm.

Accession Number

35.271

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Bust of Narses, beard, mustache, plaited hair divided, crown with three foliated branches and streamers surmounted by a globe adorned with six dots. Inscription. Reverse: Fire altar with bands and triple dots; attended by king on left wearing crown and globe, holding a sword; on right by priest with mural crown holding sword; left of fire frohar symbol; right of fire taurus symbol; grenetis. No inscription.

Provenance

By 1935: private collection; 1935: Given to the MFA by an anonymous donor in memory of Zoe Wilbour (1864-1885), 4 April 1935.
(Accession Date: April 4, 1935)

Credit Line

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