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Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Hera

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

350-220 BCE

Artist:

Greek; minted in Knossos, Crete

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of the goddess Hera facing left. The back (reverse) depicts a square labyrinth.

The city of Knossos drew its civic icon from the myth of the Minotaur. The monster, born to the queen of Crete, was hidden away in a labyrinth, or maze. Yearly he devoured youths and maidens until, with the help of a ball of string, the hero Theseus made his way to the center of the labyrinth. There he killed the Minotaur and used the string to find his way out of the maze. The story was so famous that anyone seeing the labyrinth on this coin knew that Knossos was its source.

On View

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Hera

Origin

Knossos

Date

Struck 350 BCE–220 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: ΚΝΩΣΙ Α Ρ

Dimensions

Diam. 1.9 cm; 5.30 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4914

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