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    MYSIA. Cyzicus. Ca. 550-450 BC. EL stater (19mm, 16.10 gm). NGC Choice XF 4/5 - 4/5. Harpy standing left on dotted ground line (top of column?), plume tendrils at back of head and forward on tail, holding tunny fish in right hand by its tail, supporting tunny with left / Quadripartite incuse square. Greenwell 97. Von Fritze 74. BMFA 1441. Nicely centered. Rare.

    In the menagerie of mythical Greek beasts, Harpies are half-bird, half-woman, with an eagle's talons and harsh screeches, sent by the gods to torment men who had displeased them. A few ancient poets, including Hesiod, describe them as fair of face and fleet on the wing, but to most writers they are hideous creatures whom no human would care to encounter. Virgil describes them thus: "Bird-bodied, girl-faced things they are; abominable their droppings, their hands are talons, their faces haggard with hunger insatiable."


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