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Medal

Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1915 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Daumiller, Adolf, born 1915 (medallists)

  • Museum number:

    A.142-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This iron medal was made by Adolf Daumiller in Germany, in about 1915. Both side of this medal forcefully convey the supposedly vicious qualities of the enemy. The image on the obverse, a chariot driven by a Britannia, personified as a slightly wild and dissolute woman, is led by the English lion with six portrait heads, personifications of the Allies Belgium, France, Russia, Japan, Serbia, and Italy, the latter having joined the Allies in 1915, and the scene symbolising their ambition to conquer the world. The inscription, a doggerel conflation of 'Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves' with the German anthem "über alles in der Welt" (over all the world) is both awkward and misspelt. The head of Medusa surrounded by dolphins on the reverse is a malevolent symbol for the maritime power of Great Britain.

Physical description

Obv., a female figure in a chariot driving a lion with six male portrait heads emerging from the body of the lion like a hydra. Rev., the head of Medusa with snakes coiled among her hair surrounded by three dolphins.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1915 (made)

Artist/maker

Daumiller, Adolf, born 1915 (medallists)

Marks and inscriptions

"RVLE BRITANIA ALL OVER THE WORD 1914-15."
obv.

"A. D."
rev.

Dimensions

Diameter: 48 mm

Descriptive line

Medal, Britannia in chariot/Britannia as Medusa. iron Germany ca. 1915, Adolf Daumiller.

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

Cullen, 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. 23.
Attwood, Philip, '"Hony Soit Qui Bon Y Pense": Medals as Vehicules of Antipathy', The Medal, no. 54, Spring 2009, pp. 4-34.

Materials

Iron

Subjects depicted

Lion; Chariot; Dolphins

Categories

Medallions

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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