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Cast gun-metal medal. (whole)
Bust of Henri IV, left, laureate and in armour, wearing the Cross of the Order of the Holy Spirit. A lion's head is represented on the shoulder piece of his armour. Another is suspended from the chain around his neck. (obverse)
An orb through which run cords held to the left by carnal desire, to the right by death and below by a devil. An archangel, hidden by clouds, cuts the fourth cord with his fiery sword. A naked male figure reaches towards God's name, in Hebrew letters above, the divine radiance from which dispels the clouds enveloping the earth. (reverse)
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Thickness: 1.50 - 4 millimetres
Diameter: 69.000 millimetres
Weight: 58.16 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Jones 2
Composition of medal:
93.7% Cu, 3.8% Zn, 1.1% Sn, 0.5% Pb, 0.5% As.
This reverse, which dates from 1560 and is by Steven van Herwijck, clearly does not belong with Dupré's portrait. Yet the number and quality of medals bearing this obverse with an alien reverse (including others by Leone Leoni and Pompeo Leoni, Mazerolle II nos. 626, 627) suggests an early date for such combinations. The reverse is otherwise known only as a uniface bronze cast (see a) though Victor Tourneur (see 5) suggests that it was originally the reverse of a medal of Guilielmus Fabius, otherwise known as Willem Boonaerts, Professor of Greek at Louvain.
(a) Leiden, cast bronze, 75 mm (70 mm without rim). Reverse only.
1. T.N. Méd. Fr. II pl. 1 no. 2 (obverse).
2. Mazerolle II, no. 626 (obverse).
3. V. Tourneur, 'Le médailleur Steven van Herwijck', RBN 1921, pp. 27-55, no. 13.
4. V. Tourneur, 'Steven van Herwijck', NC 1922, pp. 21-132, no. 13.
5. V. Tourneur 'La médaille de Guilielmus Fabius de Steven van Herwijck', RBN 1948, pp. 101-104.
- Not on display
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- C&M catalogue number
MF2 (Jones 2) (51) (4)