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Nero and the Dying Seneca

After a design by Master of the Roman Emperors (active mid-15th century)
ca. 1445
possibly Italian, Rome
Diameter: 4 1/8 in. (105 mm)
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
The Erich Lederer Collection, Gift of Mrs. Erich Lederer, 1986
Accession Number:
Not on view
This is a uniface cast of the reverse of a medal of Nero, the obverse of which shows his bust to the right. It is the work of an unidentified medallist, active in the 15th century, who specialized in pastiches of ancient Roman coins enlarged in scale. He habitually included the initials S[enatus] C[onsulto] ('by order of the Senate') which he had observed on such coins.
Inscription: To left and right: S[enatus] C[onsulato]; in exergue: NERO AVG[ustus]
Baron von Stumm ; [ Julius Böhler, Munich ] ; Erich Lederer , Geneva (until d. 1985; to his wife) ; Mrs. Erich Lederer (1985–86; to MMA)
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