obolos 16
11. October 2020
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Lot 601
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
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THRACE. Apollonia Pontika. Late 5th-4th centuries BC. Drachm (Silver, 15 mm, 3.27 g, 6 h). Upright anchor; A to left, crayfish to right. Rev. Facing gorgoneion. SNG BM 157. A terrifying gorgoneion. Worn obverse die, otherwise, good very fine.



The hideous triad, the sisters Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, were said to have hair of writhing living serpents, venomous and terrifying, and whose gaze turned to stone any who beheld it. Two of the sisters, Stheno and Euryale, were immortal but Medusa was not. She was killed and beheaded by the hero Perseus who used his polished shield as a mirror to protect himself from viewing her directly. Gorgons as depicted in art and coinage are atropaic, offering protection by warding off evil (and conversely bringing benefit). Here the gorgon, presumably Medusa, is portrayed as a hideous monster, with her face in rictus, tongue protruding, flaring nostrils, and large boar-like fangs. Fifteen serpents sprout from her head, surrounding her and presenting a menacing terror. In one version of the myth regarding Perseus, he gave the severed head of Medusa to Athena, who attached it to her shield as a protective device which she then gave to Zeus.
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Online bidding closes:
11 Oct 2020 19:00:30 CEST
Current Date & Time:
05 Dec 2020 22:24:29 CET
Remaining Time:
Closed
Hammer Price:
140 CHF by grey (Bids: 8)

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Lot 601
Starting Price: 50 CHF
THRACE. Apollonia Pontika. Late 5th-4th centuries BC. Drachm (Silver, 15 mm, 3.27 g, 6 h). Upright anchor; A to left, crayfish to right. Rev. Facing gorgoneion. SNG BM 157. A terrifying gorgoneion. Worn obverse die, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
Lot 602
Starting Price: 75 CHF
THRACE. Chersonesos. Circa 386-338 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 13.5 mm, 2.35 g, 1 h). Forepart of a lion to right, his head turned back to left. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square with two raised and two sunken squares; in one of the sunken squares, pellet with I; in the other, kantharos. BMC -. Dewing -. McClean -. SNG Copenhagen -. SNG Dreer -. Weber -. Obolos 5, 2016, 86. Possibly unpublished with katharos. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 160 CHF
Lot 603
Starting Price: 250 CHF
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 500-463 BC. Stater (Silver, 21.5 mm, 8.90 g, 3 h). Nude, ithyphallic and bearded satyr moving right in the archaic ‘running-kneeling’ position, holding a nymph in his arms, who wears thin robes and raises her right hand in protest. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Asyut 104. Le Rider, Thasiennes 2. SNG Copenhagen 1009. Well-centered, lightly toned. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
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