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640230
Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 230. Estimate $6000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $7000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 460-400 BC. EL Stater (16.01 gm). The Earth (Gaia) raising out of the ground, bearing the infant Erichthonios; tunny below / Quadripartite incuse square. Von Fritze I 157; Greenwell 31; Boston MFA 1500. VF. Rare. ($6000)

The myth of Erichthonios places him at the beginning of the line of Athenian kings. Born of Gaia through Hephaestus, the infant was entrusted to Athena, who gave him to the daughters of Kekrops of Athens in a sealed casket. When they opened the casket, the sight of the anguipedic (serpent-footed) Erichthonios drove the women to madness, and they hurled themselves off the Acropolis. Erichthonios was then left to found a new dynasty of the early kings of Athens. Although here the child is shown fully human, this rare Kyzikene stater is undoubtedly a representation of the beginning of this tale.