Medallion, consisting of a coin of Theodosius I (A.D. 379-395) set in an ornamental frame

Historical period(s)
Byzantine period, 6th century
Medium
Gold
Dimensions
Diam (overall): 0.5 cm (3/16 in)
Geography
Turkey, Constantinople (Istanbul)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.67
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Exchange Media, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Medallion

Keywords
beaded wire, Byzantine period (330 - 1453), filigree, medallion, portrait, ruler, Turkey
Provenance

To 1909
Maurice Nahman (1868-1948), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Maurice Nahman in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 182, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Published References
  • Walter Dennison. A Gold Treasure of the Late Roman Period. Studies: Humanities series, vol. 7, part 2. pl. 10.
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. p. 19, fig. 1.3.
  • Phyllis Williams Lehmann. Theodosius or Justinian? A Renaissance Drawing of a Byzantine Rider. vol. 41, no. 1, March 1959. pp. 44-45, fig. 11.
  • Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Thames and Hudson World of Art London and Washington, 2010. pp. 56-57.
  • Thomas Lawton, Linda Merrill. Freer: a legacy of art. Washington and New York, 1993. p. 85, fig. 58.
  • Thomas Lawton. The Gold Treasure. vol. 118, no. 258 London, August 1983. pp. 180-182, fig. 4.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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