About This Artwork

Greek, minted in Cyrene, North Africa

Stater (Coin) Depicting Quadriga, about 322–308 B.C.

Gold
Diam. 2 cm; 8.69 g
OB: ΚΥΡΑΝΑΙ ΟΝ
REV: ΠΟΛΙΑΝΘΕΥΣ

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, 1994 - February 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, September 16, 2014 - January 4, 2015.

Publication History

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.




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