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Medal - Julius Echter, Bishop of Würzburg
  • Julius Echter, Bishop of Würzburg
    Maler, Valentin, born 1540 - died 1603
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Julius Echter, Bishop of Würzburg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1575 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maler, Valentin, born 1540 - died 1603 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a silver gilt medal made by Valentin Maler and dated 1575. The obverse of this medal represents Julius Echter, the Bishop of Würzburg facing 3/4 right, bearded, bare-headed, wearing a richly-decorated robe and ruff. The reverse shows the coat of arms with three helmets, mantling and crests. Behind the shield a sword and croizer. This medal has a suspension ring.
Maler (about 1540-1603) is documented as being in Nuremberg by 1568. In 1569 he married Wenzel Jamnitzer's daughter, Maria. He was active as a wax modeller and portrait medallist in Nuremberg from 1568 onwards until his death in 1603, but he travelled widely visiting many royal courts in Prague, Munich, Dresden, Würzburg, Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), Stuttgart and Bamberg. He worked for Duke Wilhelm of Munich, Elector Augustus and Duke Christian of Saxony, and later for the Habsburg Emperors, Maximilian II and Rudolf II. He also produced many medals of Munich citizens. Later in his career he undertook die-cutting for struck medals, particularly commemorative coins.

Physical description

Suspension ring.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1575 (made)


Maler, Valentin, born 1540 - died 1603 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt


Diameter: 4.6 cm, Weight: 29.3 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, silver gilt, Julius Echter, Bishop of Würzburg, by Valentin Maler, Germany dated 1575

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, pp. 68-69
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1867. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 14


Silver; Gold




Coins & Medals; Portraits; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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