Mehmed II

Italian
Renaissance
about 1480
Artist Bertoldo di Giovanni (Italian (Florence), 1420–1491)


Place of Manufacture: Florence, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 911. Kress 248.

Dimensions

Diameter: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

68.552

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Mehmed II, Sultan of the Turks (born 1430, sultan 1453-48).

Obverse: Profile bust of Mohammed looking to proper right, wearing turban and robe and having a close-shaved beard; inscribed at edge “MAVMhET ASIE ACTRAPESUNZIS MAGNE QVE GRETIE IMPERAT·”.

Reverse: Triumphal chariot at center with a man standing on a it, wearing a cloak; drawn by two horses at proper left and led by Mars; pulling three crowned nudes at proper right, identified by inscriptions as Greece, Trebizond, and Asia; inscribed above three nudes “GRETIE” and “TRAPESVNTY” and “ASIA” and at bottom between two reclining nudes “BERTOLDI/FLORENTIN/SCVLTOR/IS”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "MAVMhET ASIE ACTRAPESUNZIS MAGNE QVE GRETIE IMPERAT·" ["Mehmed, emperor of Asia and also Trebizond and Magna Graecia"].

Reverse: Inscribed above three nudes "GRETIE" ["Greece"] and "TRAPESVNTY" ["Trebizond"] and "ASIA" ["Asia"] and at bottom between two reclining nudes "BERTOLDI/FLORENTIN/SCVLTOR/IS".

Provenance

By 1968, Cyril Humphris, London; 1968, sold by Cyril Humphris to the MFA. (Accession date: September 11, 1968)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour