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Medal: Unknown Lady

Artist:
Giovanni Maria Pomedelli (Italian, Villafranca di Verona 1478–1537)
Date:
first quarter 16th century
Medium:
Bronze, copper alloy with a light brown patina under a worn reddish brown layer of wax or lacquer; pierced.
Dimensions:
Diam. 5.3 cm, wt. 54.18 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1310
Not on view
On the obverse is a portrait of an unknown lady. The
reverse depicts a kneeling nude man carrying a basket of
grapes on his head, flanked by a caduceus and a winged
putto (Cupid) on a globe. The medal is an aftercast, as evidenced by the remnants
of an old small piercing that belongs to the original
from which this cast was taken.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: F· B· ET· LONGIVS·
VIVAT· SERVATA· FIDE·; IOANNES MARIA·
POMEDELLVS· VERONE[n]SI[s]· F[ecit]·; inscribed on the
globe: A[mor] S[uperat] O[mnia]
J. P. Heseltine, London; Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London, 28 July 1936, lot 164, including another medal to [ John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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