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Heros of Verdun

French
1916
Designed by Charles Philippe Germain Pillet (French, born in 1869)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.9 cm (2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1987.753

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal commemorating the battle at Verdun. Stamped “BRONZE” on side.

Obverse: An armed warrior (personification of Verdun) holds a sword across body with female figure (personification of France) standing at his proper left before a city (Verdun) and a crowned eagle who grasps a sword with proper right talons, two emblems at proper right; inscribed at proper left “CH·PILLE[ ]” and below “VERDUN·/ON·NE·PASSE·PAS·/·MCMXVI·”.

Reverse: Three medallions above and inscribed at their edges, from proper right to left: General Petain looking to proper left, General Nivelle looking out, and General of the Castelnau war looking to proper right; all above crossed laurel branches with fillet and two medals below; inscribed at proper right “C” overlapping “P” and at edge of three medallions above, from proper right to left “GENERAL PETAIN”, “GENERAL·NIVELLE·”, and “GENERAL·DE·GURIERES·DE·CASTELNAU·”; inscribed at center “·A·/·LA·GLOIRE·/·DES·HÉROS·DE/·VERDUN·/·MCMXVI·”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at proper left "CH·PILLE[ ]" and below "VERDUN·/ON·NE·PASSE·PAS·/·MCMXVI·".

Reverse: Inscribed at proper right "C" overlapping "P" and at edge of three medallions above, from proper right to left "GENERAL PETAIN", "GENERAL·NIVELLE·", and "GENERAL·DE·GURIERES·DE·CASTELNAU·"; inscribed at center "·A·/·LA·GLOIRE·/·DES·HÉROS·DE/·VERDUN·/·MCMXVI·".

Markings

Stamped "BRONZE" on side.

Provenance

By 1987, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III; 1987, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 20, 1988)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule