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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eckart, Lissy, born 1891 - died 1974 (medallists)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze plaquette was made by Lissy Echart in Germany, in the beginning of the 20th century. The simplicity of the composition and the almost expressionist formula of the figures gives a certain timelessness of the funeral depicted here. The nationalistic tone to be seen in other German first World War medals is absent here, and instead the scene concentrates on the grievance of the bereaved and the dignity of the funeral.

Physical description

The rectangular relief depicts three figures carrying a corpse on a bier. In front, three other figures carry lighted torches. Behind, the widow follows carrying a baby, and a young girl with her arms crossed over her chest.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


early 20th century (made)


Eckart, Lissy, born 1891 - died 1974 (medallists)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

"L. E."


Height: 28 mm, Width: 80.5 mm

Descriptive line

Plaquette, funeral of a hero; Bronze German early 20th century, Lissy Eckart.

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. 52.



Subjects depicted

Widow; Girl; Torches; Baby; People; Corpse


Plaques & Plaquettes


Sculpture Collection

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