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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 325. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACE, Chersonesos . Circa 350-300 BC. Æ 21mm (6.54 gm). Artemis Parthenos, holding torch in right hand, driving galloping quadriga right; trace of a letter above / XEP, nude warrior crouching right behind a large round shield, holding a spear pointed forwards and wearing a peaked hat. SNG BMC Black Sea 734; SNG Stancomb 464; SNG Copenhagen 7; Anohin 35ff; Laffaille -. Nice VF, dark brown, almost black, patina. ($500)

Two of the many cults of Artemis, Brauronia and Munichia, were concerned with female transitions, especially the ritual that turned young girls at the age of ten into respectably chaste and therefore marriageable maidens, parthenoi.