Tetrobol of Idalion with seated sphinx, struck under Stasikypros

Greek
Early Classical Period
470–450 B.C.


Mint: Cyprus, Idalion

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2138.

Dimensions

Diameter: 17 mm. Weight: 3.26 gm.

Accession Number

19.1334

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Sphinx seated left, right foreleg raised over flower hanging from stem which continues under body with bud rising beneath sphinx’s belly; long dotted hair, with taenia; rounded wing in three sections.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Lotus flower at base of which, left and right, spiral tendril; at left, ivy leaf on stem downwards; at right, knucklebone.
Plain border; round incuse.

Provenance

According to MFA files: from the find at Dali made by Sir R. Hamilton Lang; by date unknown: with C. T. Seltman; October 2, 1919; purchased by MFA from C.T. Seltman for $ 101.25 (this is the total purchase price for MFA 19.1333-19.1335)

Credit Line

Horace Wayland Wadleigh Fund