Object Place: Germany
Medium or Technique
Metal; copper alloy
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Circular medal commemorating the appearance of Halley’s comet in 1910.
Obverse: Sun, with face on surface, at center among clouds and three small stars, each with face on its surface, and Halley’s comet rising from below; inscribed at edge in two bands “JEDE WOLKE-SO SCHWARZ SIE DROHT-DEM HIMMEL ZUGEWANDT+/DOCH IHRE LICHTE SONNENSEITE HAT” and across field “KOMET HALLEY”.
Reverse: Twelve signs of the zodiac in band at edge and at center, within a star wreath, Halley’s comet descending between a serpent, a warrior, and a dog at proper right and a sea monster and a hare at proper left.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge in two bands "JEDE WOLKE-SO SCHWARZ SIE DROHT-DEM HIMMEL ZUGEWANDT+/DOCH IHRE LICHTE SONNENSEITE HAT" and across field "KOMET HALLEY".
1923, given to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)
Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow, by exchange