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Medal

Medal

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1917 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Allouard, Henri, born 1844 - died 1929 (medallists)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.104-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze medal was made by Henri Allouard in France, 1917. The blank space on the memorial on the obverse underlines the subject of this medal, the hundreds of thousands who fell in the battlefields and have no known graves.

Physical description

Obv., two female personifications, possibly Victory and Fame, flank a memorial with an urn on top of it. To the right Fame, crowned with oak and carrying the marty's palm, stands on the base of the memorial and drapes a flag over the urn. To the left Victory, winged and crowned with laurels, sits with her trumpet and indicates with her right hand the inscription on the memorial. Rev., an angel, holding the marty's palm frond and a wreath of oak leaves, hovers over dead and dying soldiers and the wreckage of battle. In the background, a rising sun. The edge has the incuse cornucopia of Paris Mint mark and BRONZE.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1917 (made)

Artist/maker

Allouard, Henri, born 1844 - died 1929 (medallists)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

"A LA MEMOIRE DE (blank) PRO PATRIA," "AUX HEROS INCONNUS," "H. ALLOUARD"
obv.

"POUR LA FRANCE POUR L'HUMANITÉ," "H. ALLOUARD"

Dimensions

Diameter: 68.5 mm

Descriptive line

Medal, Aux Héros Inconnus, struck bronze, by Henri Allouard, French, 20th century, 1917

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gullen, Lucy, Fisher, Wendy and Nobert Jopek. [Exhibition handlist] 'One by One': European Commemorative Medals of the Great War 1914-1918. Victoria and London: Albert Museum, 1998. p. 30. Handlist of exhibition held Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1998-1999. no. 56.

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Memorial; Martyr's palm; Trumpet; Sun; Oak leaf; Soldiers; Battle; Angel; Laurel (wood)

Categories

Medallions

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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