Drachm: Forepart of Lion (Obverse); Head of Aphrodite within incuse square (Reverse)

Drachm: Forepart of Lion (Obverse); Head of Aphrodite within incuse square (Reverse)

465-449 BC

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Silver

Diameter: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Weight: 6.156 g (0.22 oz)

Die axis: 3

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1917.994

Location

Did you know?

The forepart of a lion on Knidian coins is thought to represent Apollo.

Description

The lion, king of the beasts and an animal associated with regal and heroic power, featured prominently on the coinage of many ancient Greek city-states. Artists placed the lion in a variety of poses, sometimes including the whole body, at other times the foreparts or just the head. Although it may once have roamed nearby, for many Greeks the lion was a monster nearly as exotic as the Chimaera, of which it formed a part, together with a goat head and snake-headed tail.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Silver

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