Tetradrachm of Mende with ithyphallic ass

Greek
Late Archaic Period
510–480 B.C.


Mint: Macedonia, Mende

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0547.

Dimensions

Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 17.26 gm.

Accession Number

04.681

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.
Below, acorn, downwards; dotted ground line.
Inscription in Greek at right (faint).
Border of dots.
Reverse: Incuse square divided into alternately raised and sunk compartments of which four are incuse triangles.

Provenance

By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 573); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund