Medallion with bust of Commodus

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 191


Mint: Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 041; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 176.

Dimensions

Diameter: 41 mm. Weight: 54.03 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

59.489

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

Obverse: Bust of Commodus, laureate, right, draped, cuirassed, seen from the rear.
MCOMMODVSANTONINVS PIVSFELIXAVGBRIT
Reverse: Hercules, semi-draped, standing left, carrying cornucopiae in left hand, and holding phiale over burning altar, against which rests club; at left, tree in which lion’s skin and quiver. Bow leans against trunk.
HERCCOMMODIANOPMTRPXVIIMPVIII in exergue: COSVIPP

Provenance

By 1959: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen A.G., auction 19, June 5-6, 1959, lot 233); purchased at Münzen und Medaillen auction 19 by Leu & Company, Zurich, Switzerland; September 17, 1959: purchased by MFA from Leu & Company for $ 5,457.85 (this is the total price for 59.483-59.489)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour