|Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 997. Estimate $2000.
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005.
Sold For $1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (11.36 g, 1h). Nysa ad Maeandrum mint. Struck after 128 AD. Bare head right / Hades dragging away protesting Persephone in quadriga right. RIC II -; Metcalf, Cistophori
, type 43 var. (basket); BMCRE -; RSC -. VF, small area of flat strike in reverse legend. Overstruck on a Hadrianic Diana Ephesia cistophorus. Unique variety without the overturned basket of flowers. ($2000)
Same obverse die as previous lot.
Hades' abduction of Persephone is the reason for Demeter's long search in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter
, and the episode was an important element in the Mysteries at Eleusis. As Kore, Persephone represented the unmarried maiden who must cross over to the status of the married woman and mother. Her seizure by Hades represented the physical embodiment of this transition. An overturned basket of flowers, sometimes included in the depiction (see also lot 996), reinforces this motif. This unique example depicts a winged figure holding the wedding torch, or taeda
, above the horses. This is Hymenaeus, one of the erotes
and the personification of the Hymenaea, or wedding song sung outside the bridal chamber. Metcalf's attribution to this mint is based on the regional association of this reverse type.