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Medal - Christoph Scheurl of Nuremberg
  • Christoph Scheurl of Nuremberg
    Weiditz, Christoph
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Christoph Scheurl of Nuremberg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1540 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a lead medal made by Christoph Weiditz in Germany in about 1540. The medal, representing Christoph Scheurl, was made on the occasion of his 59th birthday. In that year Scheurl was raised to the nobility by King Ferdinand.

Weiditz (b.ca.1500; d.1559) travelled widely; he was employed from 1529 onwards by Charles V as a medallist, goldsmith, and sculptor of small-scale works. According to Habich, he was active in Strassburg (1529-1530), Augsburg (1530), and thereafter in other German cities and in the Netherlands (Brussels and Antwerp), and possibly in Italy and England. From 1532 he was based in Augsburg, although he continued to visit other towns.

Physical description

Obv. only, bust of Christoph Scheurl facing right, bearded and bare-headed. Wreathed border.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1540 (made)


Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Tobit, 4. Neither turn your face from any poor'


Diameter: 4.4 cm, Weight: 30.5 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.

This medal was made on the occasion of Christoph Scheurl's 59th birthday. In that year Scheurl was raised to the nobility by King Ferdinand.

Descriptive line

Medal, lead, Christoph Scheurl of Nuremberg, by Christoph Weiditz, Germany, ca. 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, p. 120
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. 17



Subjects depicted

Wreath; Bust




Sculpture Collection

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