Morton Scribner, M.D. (Arcadia, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980.
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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 212, Coins, Gems and Jewelry
Athens, Greece (Place created)
182 - 181 B.C.
4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.)
Gift of Morton Scribner, M.D.
The helmeted head of the Greek goddess
Two Greek words appear on the back. "Athe," which stands for Athens, is on the same level as the owl's eyes. Written below that is the name of an Athenian magistrate, "Ammodio," whose service in government dates to 182-181 B.C. A tiny image of a container appears to the owl's left; its precise significance is unknown.