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R71
 
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  Metal Type:  18k Bezel and Accents on Sterling Silver Shank
  Diameter:  18mm
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ORIGINAL PRICE: $536  SALE PRICE: $455

     
   

Gorgon



Denomination: Reduced Silver Hemidrachm   

                            
Dates: 350-300 BC

 
Description:


Obverse: The gorgoneion - a staring female face with tongue protuding encircled by snake.

Reverse: Bull looking backwards. There is a symbol, which is usually placed below the bull. The earth represented as a line below. The greek letters ΠΑ appears above the bull and ΡΙ is between the legs of the bull. ΠΑΡΙ are the Greek letters for PARI- for Parion.

The face is the "gorgoneion," a mask in imitation of the head of the gorgon. In archaic and classical Greek art gorgons were always shown facing the viewer, protruding tongue, and teeth. In Greek mythology there were three gorgon sisters. The most famous was Medusa who was decapited by the hero Perseus. The hair of gorgons was never depicted as living snakes in ancient times. The snakes, if any, were shown near or later sometimes in the hair. Perhaps Parion chose a hideous monster as an emblem for the city as symbol of terror. It was used on Greek shields to frighten the enemy as well as for it's hypnotic ability-it was thought that the gorgoneion attracts the gaze of enemy soldiers toward the shield and thus away from the weapon hand.



 
     
 
         
 
 
 
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