About this artwork
The front of this coin depicts the goddess Athena Parthenos wearing a triple crested Athenian helmet, the decorative scheme of which includes a flying quadraped, palmettes and scrolls; trimmed with a flat band decorated with sunken squares. The cheek piece of the helmet is raised, revealing loose curls of hair on the goddess’s neck and a pendant earring. A decorative border of dots is partially preserved.
On the back an owl, another symbol of Athena, stands atop a vessel on its side. The scene is encircled by an olive wreath.
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- Ancient and Byzantine Art
- Ancient Greek
- Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena
- 196 BCE–187 BCE
- Reverse: Α Ο Ε ΔΙ ΟΦΑ ΔΙΟ ΔΟ
- Diam. 3.6 cm; 16.08 g
- Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze