Medallion with bust of Commodus

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 190–191


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 41 mm. Weight: 54.98 gm. Die Axis: 1

Accession Number

1972.975

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Commodus to right.
MCOMMODVSANTONINVS PIVSFELIXAVGBRIT
Reverse: Sol, radiate, whip in right hand, reins in left, steps into quadriga which rises up on clouds, preceded by Lucifer with torch. Tellus reclines below clouds, cornucopia on left arm.
In ex.: COSVIPP

Provenance

By date unknown: Martinetti Collection; by 1907: with Galerie Sangiorgi, Palais Borghèse, Rome (auction of the Martinetti and Nervegna Collections, November 18ff., 1907, lot 2297); by date unknown: Clarence S. Bement Collection; by 1924: with Naville & Cie, 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 8, Bement Collection, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 25-28, 1924, lot 1109); by 1930: with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva (Ars Classica auction 15, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, July 2ff., 1930, lot 1688); by date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W1 (Glendining auction of the Hall Collection, part 2, November 16-17, 20-21, 1950, lot 1635); by date unknown in the 1950s: Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; November 8, 1972: gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA

Credit Line

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