Classical Didrachm of Magnesiaca. 464 BCE-459 BCE
13/16 in. x 3/4 in. x 1/8 in. (2.06 cm x 1.91 cm x 0.3 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
This object has the following keywords:
- 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.
- bows - Stringed projectile weapons designed to propel arrows, generally consisting of a long stave of wood, metal, fiberglass, or other flexible material, with a length of strong string fastened to the tips of the stave which is bent in a curve, either permanently or from the tension of the string. The string is drawn back, holding the arrow by means of a notch in its rear tip, and propels the arrow upon release.
- ceremonial staffs - Staffs used primarily for ceremonial or ritual purposes rather than as weapons, for walking, or other practical purposes. For weapons consisting of a long staff of wood, often tipped with iron at both ends, use "quarterstaffs." For staffs used by regents as symbols of power, use "scepters."
- 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.
- didrachms - Ancient Greek and Roman silver coins valued at two drachmas.
- eagles - General term referring to several species in diverse genera of the family Accipitridae, that are not all closely related to each other, but having in common that they are large, powerful hunters, heavy-beaked, and have a fully feathered head and strong feet equipped with great curved talons. Because of their strength and agressive nature, eagles have been a symbol of war and imperial power since Babylonian times.
- silver - Pure metallic element having symbol Ag and atomic number 47; a malleable, ductile, white metal with characteristic sheen, considered a precious metal. Silver is widely distributed throughout the world, occurring rarely as metallic silver (in Peru, Norway) but more often as silver-gold alloys and silver ore. Today silver is obtained as a byproduct in the refinement of gold, lead, copper, or zinc ores. Silver was smelted from the ore galena as early as 3800 BCE. As a pure metal, silver is second to gold in malleability and ductility, can be polished to a highly reflective surface, and used -- typically in an alloy -- in jewelry, coinage, photography, mirrors, electrical contacts, and tableware.
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
- Cornelius C. Vermeule, "Greek Coins in the Elizabeth Washburn King Collection at Bryn Mawr College." The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Royal Numismatic Society Sixth Series 16 (1956): 38, Figure Number: Pl. XI.
The Elizabeth Washburn King Collection of Ancient Greek Coins
London, England, 12/11/1992
Page Number: 62, Figure Number: Lot. 724
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