Tetradrachm of Mende with ithyphallic ass and crow

Greek
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
about 500–450 B.C.


Mint: Macedonia, Mende

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 040.

Dimensions

Diameter: 24.5 mm. Weight: 16.64 gm.

Accession Number

60.1300

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Ass (ithyphallic) facing to left; on his rump, a large crow faces to the right and pecks at the root of the ass’s tail. Ground line comprising a fillet above row of dots.
Reverse: six-part incuse.

Provenance

By date unknown: with T. Zoumpoulakis, 10 Edward Law, Athens; November 9, 1960: purchased by MFA from T. Zoumpoulakis for
$ 1,120.00 (this is the total price for 60.1300-60.1301)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour