Detail View: The AMICA Library: Reverse: Head of nymph Parthenos

AMICA ID: 
AIC_.1922.4922
AMICA Library Year: 
1999
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Unknown
Creator Nationality: 
European; Southern European; Mediterranean
Creator Dates/Places: 
Ancient Greece Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Name-CRT: 
Greek
Title: 
Coin Showing a Gorgon
Title Type: 
preferred
Title: 
Reverse: Head of nymph Parthenos
Title Type: 
alternate
Title: 
Reverse: Head of nymph Parthenos
Title Type: 
alternate
View: 
reverse
Creation Date: 
Classical Period, 411-356 B.C.
Creation Start Date: 
-411
Creation End Date: 
-356
Materials and Techniques: 
Silver drachma
Classification Term: 
Coin
Subject Description: 
The three Gorgon sisters were winged deities of which Medusa is the most famous. She bore the winged horse Pegasus to her love, the god Poseidon. Her head, cut off by Perseus, was worn by Athena as her protective aegis. Neopolis, in a horse-breeding area, chose Pegasus' mother for their coin.
Creation Place: 
Europe,Greece,Macedonia,Neapolis
Dimensions: 
Diameter: 1.5 cm (3/4 in.)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: 
Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 
1922.4922
Credit Line: 
The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Martin A. Ryerson
Inscriptions: 
Reverse: N E O {Pi} Neop[oliton])
Rights: 
Related Image Identifier Link: 
AIC_.E28677.TIF