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Medal - Hercules

Hercules

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Padua (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bassianus, Hercules (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    A.337-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The medal derives from an antique gem and shows Hercules like a Roman ruler, wearing a wreath of vine-leaves and the lion's skin.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to right of Hercules, bearded, wearing a wreath of vine-leaves and with the lion's skin tied about his neck.
On the reverse Hercules standing on the right, in a cuirass, with the lion's skin over his left arm, and with his club, here of unusual length, in his right hand. To him advances from the left a messenger, clad in a cuirass, bearing the short of Nessus. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

Padua (made)

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Bassianus, Hercules (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'HB'
eagle
Monogram
reverse, exergue

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.2 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.
The medal derives from an antique gem and shows Hercules like a Roman ruler, wearing a wreath of vine-leaves and the lion's skin.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, of Hercules, by Hercules Bassianus, made in Italy (Padua), 16th century

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 48

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Eagle; Hide; Club; Cuirass; Vine-leaves; Wreath

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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