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Cahn Ionische

Cahn, H. "Ionische Damen" in Studies Price, pp. 59 - 63, pl. 15-16.

Ionian women. In German.

The title is a bit misleading as the paper actually only addresses one hemihekte type from Phokaia, Ionia.

The 14 catalog examples below are apparently just random examples, rather than 14 distinct types. The first four are described as exquisite heads, probably from the same master hand. The last four are described as having smaller heads, thin necks, and flatter relief. The following is translated from the Cahn 's article but it is not a complete or direct translation. It is abbreviated and also has been modified in an attempt to make minor clarifications and improvements.


Female head (nymph?) left. A smooth hood (sakkos) covers the back of the head and hair, only her bangs are visible. Her eye is archaic, narrow, and often the front corner of the eye is open. Her mouth displays an amused smile. Most of her ear is covered by the sakkos. She wears a disc-shaped earring, the edge of which is usually studded with a circle of pearls. The hood has a reinforced brim, sometimes it appears to have a small visor over the forehead. On most examples, a pearl studded cross band ornaments the sakkos from above the ear to the crown of the head. She often wears a wire or pearl necklace. The neck truncation is sometimes straight, sometimes curved, often dotted, but very often off flan. Some deviations and variation of this basic type are mentioned in the individual descriptions below.  


A. An incuse square divided without clear cross-hair lines in four fields. Two of the quarters, opposite each other diagonally, are deeper.

B. An incuse square divided by thin raised cross-hair lines into four equal fields.

Both of these two basic reverse types are sometimes paired with the same obverse die, so they give no indication of chronology.


1. Exquisite style from master hand. Dotted hair in vertical lines. Earring with five pearls. Reverse type A. 1.32 g.

2. Exquisite style from master hand. Dotted hair not arranged in neat lines. Earring with five pearls. Reverse type B. 1.25 g.

3. Exquisite style from master hand. Dotted hair in vertical lines. Earring with five pearls. Reverse type B. 1.26 g

4. Exquisite style from master hand. Two dotted strands of hair fall forward on the forehead and two long dotted strands fall down from the temple. Earring with five pearls. Reverse type B. 1.28 g.

5. Dotted hair in three orderly rows. The cross-band on the sakkos slopes further back and is ornamented with an annulet instead of pearls. Small earring with five small pearls. Reverse type B. 1.23 g.

6. Journeyman work, misshaped head, short nose, short unsmiling mouth. Dotted hair in three orderly rows. Earring with four pearls. Reverse type B. 1.22 g.

7. Journeyman work, small misshaped head, protruding long nose and weak chin. Dotted hair in three rows. Earring with six pearls. Reverse type B. 1.23 g.

8. Similar but better work, strong chin. Dotted hair in three rows. Earring with six pearls around central pellet. Reverse type B. 0.96 g.

9. Small face. High mushroom-like sakkos with cross ribbon and garland of small leaves. Dotted hair in three rows. Reverse type A. 1.16 g.

10. Plain sakkos without cross band (scarce). Large eye. Large earring with ten pearls around a central pearl. Reverse type A. 1.27 g.

11. Flatter relief. Small head. Thin neck. Sleepy eye. Dotted hair with larger randomly arranged pellets. Large earrings with six pearls. Pearl necklace. Reverse type B. 1.23 g.

12. Flatter relief. Small head. Thin neck. Sleepy eye. Dotted hair with larger randomly arranged pellets. Small disc-shaped earring without pearls. Dotted neck truncation. Reverse type A.

13. Same dies as 12.

14. Flatter relief. Small head. Thin neck. Large nose. Earring with seven pearls. Reverse type B. 1.15 g.

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