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Constantine the Great

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Circular medal of Constantine the Great (Roman Emperor AD 307-37). One of a pair, probably made for Jean, Duc de Berry, after designs by Pol de Limbourg. Obverse: Equestrian figure of Constantine the Great looking to proper left, wearing a long robe; inscribed at edge...

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Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "CONSTANTINVS·INXRO·DEO·FIDELIS·IMPERATOR·ET·MODERATOR ROMANORVM·ET·SEMPER·AVGVSTVS" ["Constantine, faithful in Christ our God, emperor and ruler of the Romans forever exalted"] and below horse "234". Reverse: Inscribed at sides of cross "Z" to proper right and "T" to proper left and at edge "·MIHI·ABSIT·GLORIARI·NIS·IN·CRVCE·DOMINI·NOSTRI·IHV·XRI·" [God forbid that I should glory in anything save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" from Galatians 6:14].

Provenance

Wilhelm IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (b. 1743 - d. 1821) [see note 1]. 1957, Leopold Blumka, New York; 1957, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $1,500. (Accession Date: March 14, 1957) NOTES: [1] According to information supplied by curator Hanns Swarzenski at the time of the medal's acquisition.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

French (Burgundy), Medieval, early 15th century

Object Place

France

Catalogue Raisonné

Kress 524

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 88 mm (3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

57.170

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver (95% silver, 5% copper)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Numismatics, Medals