About This Artwork

Greek, minted in Cyrene, North Africa

Stater (Coin) Depicting a Quadriga, about 322/308 BC

Diam. 2 cm; 8.69 g

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.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, Ancient Art Galleries, Gallery 155, April 20, 1994 - February 6, 2012.

The Art Institute of Chicago, When the Greeks Ruled: Egypt After Alexander the Great, October 31, 2013 - July 27, 2014; traveled to New York City, N.Y., the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, October 8, 2014 - January 4, 2015.

Publication History

Roberta Casagrande-Kim, ed., When the Greeks Ruled Egypt: From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra. Exh. cat. (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University/Princeton University Press, 2014), p. 100 (cat. 95).

Karen B. Alexander, "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, (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2012), p. 29.

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