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medallion

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    WB.1.a

  • Description

    Bronze circular medallion, head of Dionysos in high relief, cast and chased with pendant ribbed ring below for use as handle; head turned to left with fillet across forehead, two ribands issuing from the back of the head and a leopard skin knotted over the left shoulder.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 100BC - 1BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 14.3 centimetres (medallion)
    • Diameter: 9.2 centimetres (handle)
    • Height: 22.4 centimetres
    • Depth: 7.3 centimetres
    • Weight: 1093 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Provenance: None is recorded.

    Commentary: The medallions were formerly described as litter handles, however the heads have now been re-attributed since the original British Museum catalogue and it is thought more likely that the handles are for something other than a litter, as the handles do not sit in a position which would make this practical. The deities depicted and the findspot near a cemetery suggest that the handles more likely belonged to a piece of funerary furniture such as a chest.

    Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 1, pl. I; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.1, pl.I; H. Tait, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', British Museum, London, 1981, p.13 and figs.3-4; L. Summerer, 'Vier Hellenistische Bronzen Aus Amisos', in Archäologischer Anzeiger, 1998, pp.401-14; J. Warren, "Sculpture in the Waddesdon Bequest", in The Waddesdon Bequest, a new look, eds. P.Shirley and D.Thornton, London 2017, p. 86 and p.57.

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  • Bibliography

    • Read 1902 1 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1927 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G2a/dc3

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1898

  • Acquisition notes

    This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    WB.1.a

Bronze circular medallion, litter handle; head of Bacchante in high relief, cast and chased with pendant ribbed ring below for use as handle; head turned to left with fillet across forehead, two ribands issuing from the back of the head and a panther skin

Bronze circular medallion, litter handle; head of Bacchante in high relief, cast and chased with pendant ribbed ring below for use as handle; head turned to left with fillet across forehead, two ribands issuing from the back of the head and a panther skin

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