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Medal - Hans Ebner the Elder of Nuremberg

Hans Ebner the Elder of Nuremberg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1535 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a lead medal made in Germany, Nuremberg probably in around 1535. This medal, representing Hans Ebner, was originally attributed to Hans Schwarz, but the style of the medal and its approximate date suggest otherwise. The obverse shows an almost frontal portrait in remarkably high relief. Schwarz invariably portrayed his subjects in profile, and in flatter relief. The age of the sitter (61), and the known date of his death (1553) suggest a comparatively late date for the medal, long after the end of Schwarz's known working life. The same anonymous medallist may have produced the medal of Johann II von Sponheim. The reverse of this medal is likely to date from after the sixteenth century; its heavy wreathed border, and unclear coat of arms suggest a later pastiche.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1535 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 4.8 cm, Weight: 56.5 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, lead, Hans Ebner the Elder of Nuremberg, Germany (Nuremberg), probably ca. 1535

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, no. 167
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. 16



Subjects depicted

Bust; Coat of arms; Wreath


Coins & Medals; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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