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Medal - Jakob Heller of Nuremberg

Jakob Heller of Nuremberg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1529 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gebel, Matthes (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt copper alloy

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a gilt copper alloy medal made by Matthes Gebel in Germany and dated 1529. The obverse of this medal represents Jakob Heller of Nuremberg facing right, bearded and bare-headed. The reverse shows the coat of arms and inscription in the field.

Gebel (ca. 1500-1574) who lived in Nuremberg was considered the most important medallist of his time. Also today he is considered as the most prolific medallist in Nuremberg of the Renaissance period. Habich ascribes 350 medals to him. They are almost all two-sided and thinly cast in silver, lead or bronze. He was friend of Albrecht Duerer and struck a famous medal of him in 1527. It shows Duerer with short hair. This medal portrait should become the definite portrait of Duerer in an advanced age for future generations.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1529 (made)


Gebel, Matthes (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gilt copper alloy


Diameter: 3 cm, Weight: 11.9 g

Object history note

Provenance: Tross. 140 medals and reliefs were purchased from M. Henri Tross of Paris for £500 by J.C. Robinson for the Museum in 1867.

Descriptive line

Medal, gilt copper alloy, bust of Jakob Heller of Nuremberg, by Matthes Gebel, Germany, dated 1529

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals: a Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990, p. 43
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1867. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 15


Gold; Copper alloy



Subjects depicted

Bust; Escutcheon (coat of arms)


Coins & Medals; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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