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The Fall of Man and the Crucifixion

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1536 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Reinhart, Hans the Elder (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a silver-gilt medal made by Hans Reinhart in Nuremberg and dated 1536. The obverse of this medal represents Adam and Eve beneath the Tree of Knowledge. The foliage of the tree has been soldered on, a feature typical of Reinhart. The reverse represents the Crucifixion. Struck biblical medals were produced mainly from ca. 1530 to ca. 1570, when silver was plentifully available at St. Joachimsthal.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1536 (made)


Reinhart, Hans the Elder (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt

Marks and inscriptions

'The woman gave me [of the tree] and I did eat. Genesis 2'
Latin; Obverse

'Mercy on us Lord'
Latin; Reverse


Diameter: 5.6 cm, Weight: 35.5 g

Object history note

Bought in 1872 for £3 from A. Pickert of Nuremberg.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver-gilt, The Fall of Man and the Crucifixion, by Hans Reinhart the Elder, Germany, ca. 1536

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals. Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990, p. 92
List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1872, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., p. 47
Erman, Adolf. Deutsche Medailleure des sechzehnten und siebzehnten Jahrhunderts. Berlin: Weidmannsche Buschhandlung, 1884, p. 44
Boyer, Abel. The Great Theater of Honour and Nobility. London, 1729, p. 197
Chipps Smith, Jeffrey, 'Hans Reinhart: Religion and Politics in Saxony, c.1535-45', The Medal, 56, Spring 2010, pp. 26-36 (fig. 5 p. 28)





Subjects depicted

Crosses (objects); Tree; Animal; Thief; Soldier; Angel; Escutcheon (coat of arms); Deity; Tomb; Church; Apple; Horse; Bird


Coins & Medals; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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