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590367
Sale: Triton V, Lot: 367. Estimate $450. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ATTICA, Eleusis . Circa 350's-330's BC. Æ 17mm (3.86 gm). Triptolemos, holding grain ear in right hand, seated left in winged chariot being drawn by two snakes / ELEUSI, pig standing right on mystic staff; pig's head and ivy leaf below. Kroll 38; Svoronos pl. 103, 2-3; SNG Copenhagen 414; BMC Attica pg. 113, 12-13; cf. Laffaille 357; Imhoof-Blumer (op. cit.), pl. EE, Eleusis, xi-xx. Good VF, black patina, nicely centered. ($450)

This statue of Triptolemos was presumably still in its temple when Pausanias (I. 38, 6) visited Eleusis in about AD 160: " The Eleusians have a temple to Triptolemos...... They say that the plain called Rharion was the first to be sown and the first to grow crops... Here is shown a threshing floor and altar. My dream forbade the description of the things within the wall of the sanctuary, and the uninitiated are of course not permitted to learn that which they are prevented from seeing."