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Napoléon Bonaparte: Battle of the Pyramids

French
1798
Artist J.-F. Antoine Bovy (Swiss, 1795–1877)


Mint: France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 42 mm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.22

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821), general in charge of France, commemorating the battle at the Pyramids.

Obverse: Profile bust of Napoléon looking to proper left; inscribed at edge “BONAPARTE GENERAL EN CHEF” and under bust “A.BOVY”.

Reverse: Napoléon on horseback before his troops with the pyramids of Cairo in background; inscribed above “SOLDATS! DU HAUT DE CES PYRAMIDES/40 SIECLES NOUS CONTEMPLENT”, at proper right “A.BOVY”, and in exergue “NAPOLEON EN EGYPTE./25 JUILLET 1798”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "BONAPARTE GENERAL EN CHEF" and under bust "A.BOVY".

Reverse: Inscribed above "SOLDATS! DU HAUT DE CES PYRAMIDES/40 SIECLES NOUS CONTEMPLENT", at proper right "A.BOVY", and in exergue "NAPOLEON EN EGYPTE./25 JUILLET 1798".

Provenance

By 1927, Bernard Coffin Weld; 1927, gift of Bernard Coffin Weld to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 6, 1927)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Coffin Weld