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About This Artwork
Stater (Coin) Depicting the God Zeus Ammon, about 322–308 B.C.
Diam. 2 cm; 8.69 g
OB: ΚΥΡΑΝΑΙ ΟΝ
Gift of Martin A. Ryerson, 1922.4932
This coin shows the newly combined deity, Zeus Amon, holding a scepter while pouring an offering from a patera, a plate used for offerings of olive oil or wine. The god can be identified by the diadem of rams’ horns, the traditional crown of Amon, the creator-deity of Egypt. Amon was no stranger to the Greeks. As early as the 5th century B.C., there was a temple on the Greek mainland built for his worship.
Alexander, Karen B. 2012. "From Plaster to Stone: Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago." in Recasting the Past: Collecting and Presenting Antiquities at the Art Institute of Chicago, by Karen Manchester, p.29. Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press.