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MYSIA. Kyzikos. 500-400 BC. EL Hecte – Sixth Stater (10mm, 2.61 g).
Nude Herakles kneeling left in foreground, and his brother, Iphikles, also nude, kneeling right in background, fighting Hera's serpents on tunny left // Quadripartite incuse square.
Von Fritze I 208; cf. Boston MFA 1531 = Warren 1477 (stater); cf. SNG BN 341 (stater).
Mint state, NGC AU 4/5, 4/5
Ex Auction Triton XX, lot 241.
A remarkable fine style depiction of the Infant Herakles saving his brother Iphicles from the serpents that Hera had slipped into their crib to avenge herself on her philandering husband, Zeus. A wonderful and very rare mythological motif.