Medallion with bust of Commodus

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 191–192


Mint: Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 042.

Dimensions

Diameter: 41 mm. Weight: 51.88 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

37.1162

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

Obverse: Bust of Commodus, bearded, laureate, draped, and wearing cuirass, right.
MCOMMODVSANTONINVS PIVSFELIXAVGBRIT
Reverse: Commodus standing right in military garb holding parazonium and reversed spear, facing Africa, on her head elephant’s helmet, reclining left, caressing a lion and holding two ears of wheat. In the background Victory standing right placing shield on trophy.
COSVI (in exergue)

Provenance

By 1937: with Spink & Son Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1; sold by Spink & Son Ltd., October 6, 1937 to a U.S. Private Collection; anonymous gift to MFA, November 17, 1937

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)