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Model for the medal of Hieronymus Waal. 1543

Anonymous master from Nuremberg. Model for the medal of Hieronymus Waal. 1543

Germany

Anonymous master from Nuremberg

Model for the medal of Hieronymus Waal. 1543

Carved wood. Diameter 35 mm

Obverse, legend: IHERONIMVS WHAL SEINES ALTERS XXXIII 1543

Reverse, legend: DER LEIPLICH DOT DER GLAVBIGEN IST EIN SCHLAF

Hieronymus Waal, a citizen of Nuremberg. Before casting a medal, German medallists sometimes carved a model of it from wood or stone. Due to their uniqueness these works are highly valued. The memento mori motif, a reminder that life is but transitory, is often found in German art of the 16th century.

Renaissance MEDALS