Tetradrachm of Mende with ithyphallic ass

Greek
Late Archaic Period
510–480 B.C.


Mint: Macedonia, Mende

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 16.08 gm.

Accession Number

04.679

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

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.
Inscription in Greek.
Border of dots (and test cut).
Reverse: Incuse square divided into alternately raised and sunk compartments of which five are incuse triangles.

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