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Medal - Jakob Muffel of Nuremberg

Jakob Muffel of Nuremberg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1532 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gebel, Matthes (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a lead medal made by Matthes Gebel in Germany and made in 1532. This medal represents Jakob Muffel. The meaning of the inscription on the reverse is uncertain. Habich stated that the initials KS may be those to whom it refers. A version in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg has the inscription but lacks the initials KS, which undermines Habich's interpretation of the motto. A silver version in the Staatliche Münzsammlung in Munich also has an inverted reverse.
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 Dürer and struck a famous medal of him in 1527. It shows Dürer with short hair. This medal portrait should become the definite portrait of Dürer in an advanced age for future generations.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1532 (made)


Gebel, Matthes (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 3.9 cm, Weight: 16.6 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

Jakob Muffel of Nuremberg, lead medal by Matthes Gebel, Germany 1532

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals, A Catalogue of the collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum.. London, 1990, p. 47
Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1867. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 22



Subjects depicted

Armour; Wreath; Bust; Bow; Weapons; Shield; Helmet; Quiver


Coins & Medals; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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