A rare Renaissance cast and patinated bronze medal. The obverse of bears the portrait of a grotesque facing left, his headdress or helmet being formed by a multitude of phalluses. The reverse bears a portrait of a horned satire facing left, dressed in a toga, as if he was an emperor. The medallist was clearly inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 or 1527 – July 11, 1593) who was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books .
Italy (Padua?). Renaissance. Late 16th century.
Dimensions: diameter 4cm