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Medal - Lienhard Meringer

Lienhard Meringer

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Augsburg (made)

  • Date:

    1526 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medallion, made by Christoph Weiditz, was intended as a model for a medal, casts of which are in the British Museum and the Münzkabinett in Berlin. It is likely to be on of the artist's earliest works, executed soon after his arrival in Augsburg from Swabia. Typical of Weiditz are the widely spaced letters of the inscription and the triangles used to separate its words.
Habich identified the sitter as Lienhard Meringer (probably died 1549), a goldsmith who worked in Augsburg. The medal may form a pair with the medal of Katharina Meringer, an Augsburg citizen and almost certainly Lienhard's wife.

Physical description

Medallion depicts on obverse the profile bust to the left of Meringer. On the reverse a coat of arms

Place of Origin

Augsburg (made)


1526 (made)


Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions


Date; Reverse


Diameter: 4.6 cm, Diameter: 70 mm with mount

Object history note

Provenance: Salting Bequest. George Salting (b. 1836; d. 1909), an Australian who settled in England, bequeathed a large collection of works decorative art to the Museum in 1909.

Descriptive line

Medallion, boxwood, bust of Lienhard Meringer, by Christoph Weiditz, Germany (Augsburg), dated 1526

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals. Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990. 128p., ill. ISBN 1851770135.
'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. 82
Habich, catalog, I, 1, p. 56, no. 346, pl. XLVI, 2 and fig 71
Scher, Stephen K, The Currency of fame: portrait medals of the Renaissance, New York, National Gallery of Art (U.S.), Frick Collection., 1994

Production Note




Subjects depicted

Shield; Bust; Monogram


Portraits; Medallions; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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