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10600394
CNG 106, Lot: 394. Estimate $750.
Sold for $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA, Phokaia. Circa 387-326 BC. EL Hekte – Sixth Stater (10.5mm, 2.52 g). Head of Omphale left, wearing lion skin; club behind neck; below, small seal left / Quadripartite incuse square. Bodenstedt Em. 107. Near EF, deeply toned.


From the WN Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 93 (22 May 2013), lot 390 (hammer $2300).

In expiation for his murder of Iphitos at Tiryns, Herakles was ordered by the Delphic oracle to serve Omphale, the queen of Lydia, for one year. During this time, he performed a number of labors, similar to those which he undertook while serving Eurystheus, including the capture of the Kerkopes, the killing of the Syleus, and the conquest of the city of the Itones. At the same time, he was forced to wear women’s clothing and spin wool and, according to the poet Ovid (Fasti 2.305), at one point during this time Omphale even wore Herakles’ lion skin and carried his club while ordering him about. However, these actions seemed to have little ill-effect on the hero; after his year’s service was completed, Herakles married Omphale.