Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Stater: Head of Nymph (Obverse); Nike (Reverse)

Stater: Head of Nymph (Obverse); Nike (Reverse)

c. 420–400 BC

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Silver

Diameter: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Weight: 7.646 g (0.27 oz.)

Die axis: 2

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.982

Location

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Nike sits on a cippus, a pillar used as a boundary stone or grave marker.

Description

Coins from the South Italian colony of Terina are notable for their sophisticated reworkings of other cities’ designs. On the obverse of this tetradrachm is a female head with short, wavy hair, possibly modeled on the Syracusan nymph Arethousa. The reverse captures an intimate moment as Nike sits, tenderly holding a bird, much like young women in Athenian funerary sculptures.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Silver
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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