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Medal - Sebald Geiger of Nuremberg

Sebald Geiger of Nuremberg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1540 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gebel, Matthes (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass; Copper 87.2%, zinc 9.3%, tin 0.9%. Lead and nickel also present.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a brass medal made by Matthes Gebel in Germany in 1540. The medal is rectangular, in each corner a leaf. The obverse represents the bust of Sebald Geiger facing right, bearded and bare-headed, wearing a chain. The reverse shows an armour and shield on a ledge.
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)


1540 (made)


Gebel, Matthes (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Brass; Copper 87.2%, zinc 9.3%, tin 0.9%. Lead and nickel also present.


Height: 2.4 cm, Width: 2.3 cm, Weight: 12.7 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, brass, Sebald Geiger of Nuremberg, by Matthes Gebel, Germany, dated 1540

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, pp. 52-53
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. 19



Subjects depicted

Leaf; Bust; Shield; Armour


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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