Classical or Hellenistic Hekte (1/6 Stater) of PhokaiaClassical-Hellenistic
ca. 5th century BCE - 4th century BCE
7/16 x 13/32 x 1/8 in. (1.1 x 1 x 0.3 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: C.1814
Geography: Asia, Turkey, Ionia, Foça (Phokaia)
Classification: Exchange Media; Coins
Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keywordThis object has the following keywords:
Anatolian*, Animalia*, Classical*, coins*, Demeter, electrum*, female*, Hellenistic*, incuse*, Strigiformes*
- Anatolian - Refers to the culture and styles that developed in antiquity in the geographical area of modern Turkey.
- Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
- Classical - Refers to an ancient Greek style and period that begins around 480 BCE, when the Greek city-states defeated the Persian invaders, and ends around 323 BCE, with the death of Alexander the Great. It is characterized by the rebuilding of cities after the Persian wars, the flourishing of philosophy, drama, architecture, sculpture, painting, and the other arts. In the visual arts, it is known for the mastery of the human form and sophistication of architectural design.
- coins - Pieces of metal stamped by government authority for use as money.
- electrum - The natural alloy of silver and gold. Under the Egyptian name of Asem, it was believed to be an elementary metal until the Romans made it as an alloy.
- female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
- Hellenistic - Refers to the ancient Greek period, culture, and art of ancient Greece that lasted from about 330 BCE to 31 BCE, when Augustus defeated Cleopatra and Mark Antony. It is characterized by an international culture that was ushered in by Alexander the Great's conquest of India, Egypt, and the Near East. In architecture and art, the style is marked by greater sophistication, complexity, and diversity than was known in earlier Greek styles. Architecture diverges from strict rules of earlier periods. Sculptors emphasized more realistic figures in a greater variety of poses than in earlier Greek art.
- incuse - Use to describe a design or part of one, as on coins, that is rendered in intaglio rather than in relief.
- Strigiformes - Order containing around 180 species in two families of nocturnal raptorial birds with hooked beaks, strong talons, and soft plumage. All owls have the same general appearance, which is characterized by a flat face, small hooked beak, short tail, round wings, and large, forward-facing eyes. The bird became associated with Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and also owls became symbolic of intelligence because it was thought that they could forsee events. Also, because of their nocturnal existence and hooting sounds, owls have also been symbols associated with the occult. In the Middle Ages, the owl became a symbol of the darkness before the coming of Christ.
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Exhibition ListThis object was included in the following exhibitions:
- A Treasury of Knowledge: An Exhibition of the Bryn Mawr Collection of Ancient Coins , Sep 1, 2005 – Dec 1, 2005
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