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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Thrace & Moesia| > |Apollonia Pontica| > GS95326
Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, 450 - 404 B.C.
|Apollonia| |Pontica|, |Apollonia| |Pontika,| |Thrace,| |450| |-| |404| |B.C.|,
Homer wrote about the Gorgon on four occasions, but only about the head, as if the creature had no body. Up to the 5th century B.C., the head depicted was very ugly, with her tongue sticking out, boar tusks, puffy cheeks, her eyeballs staring straight ahead and the snakes twisting all around her. The direct frontal stare was highly unusual in ancient Greek art. In some cases a beard, (probably representing streaks of blood) was added to her chin, making her appear as a wild. Gorgoneia painted on the shields of warriors on mid-5th century Greek vases, however, are not as ugly, strange or frightening. By that time, the Gorgon had lost her tusks and the snakes were rather stylized. The Hellenistic marble known as the Medusa Rondanini shows how the Gorgon changed over time into a beautiful woman..Medusa Rondanini
GS95326. Silver reduced drachm, SNG Stancomb 36 (same dies); Topalov Apollonia p. 586, 45; SNG Cop 457; SNG BM 160; HGC 3.2 1324, VF, toned, struck with worn obverse die, porous, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, weight 2.749g, maximum diameter 14.7mm, die axis 45o, 450 - 404 B.C.; obverse Attic style gorgoneion (facing head of Medusa), large cheeks, rows of normal human hair curls to brow, wide nose, protruding tongue, wearing taenia, snakes around; reverse reverse anchor flukes up, A left, crayfish right; ex CNG e-auction 347 (25 Mar 2015), lot 73; ex Collection of a Southern Pathologist; ex Antioch Associates (1994); $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00




  







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