Medallion with bust of Commodus

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 192


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 40.5 mm. Weight: 52.26 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

1972.932

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

Obverse: Laureate bust of Commodus to right, lion’s skin around shoulders.
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Reverse: Four Seasons on the reverse: Spring at left with basket of flowers, Summer with falx and ears of corn, Autumn with fruit and a fawn, Winter at right holding a bird and a hare.
In ex.: TEMPORVMFE/LICITAS
Iron wedge in edge of base.

Provenance

By date unknown: Earl Fitzwilliam Collection; by 1949: with Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd., Spencer House, 27 St. James's Place, St. James's Streeet, London, S.W. 1 (Christie's auction of the Earl Fitzwilliam Collection, sold by order of the Earl Fitzwilliam's Wentworth Estates Company, May 30-31, 1949, lot 358; by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, October 11, 1972

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III