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Valerie Fairchild

Chimera Coin Pendant

CNJ106

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Sikyon was to artists what Sparta was to athletes and soldiers. Sikyon was the cradle of Western art. The city is credited with originating tragedy in theater, painting in its present form, and the use of multiple instruments in an orchestral arrangement. Sikyon is perhaps best known now for its coinage, the doves that bear the main emblem of the city and lived in the surrounding caves. Sikyon was the most productive Greek city state to produce coins.
The chimera was the obverse of the coin. This mythical creature was the fire-breathing monster with a lion's body, snake's tail and goat's head. The chimera was slain by Bellerophon with the aid of the winged horse, Pegasus and of Apollo, the main deity of Sikyon.
Sikyonia Greece. 430-390 BC. Obverse: Depicts a dove flying left - Recognized as Aphrodite's sacred bird the "symbol of love." Reverse: Chimera, a female monster that spits flames. 22kt gold mounting. Mounting designed by Valerie Jean Fairchild