Tetradrachm of Mende with ithyphallic ass
Late Archaic Period
Mint: Macedonia, Mende
Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0545.
Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 16.08 gm.
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund