Silver medal commemorating the deliverence of Hamburg from plague, Germany, 1714

Made:
1714 in Germany
maker:
Unknown

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Circular silver medal, commemorates the deliverance of the City of Hamburg from plague, rainbow on reverse, German, possibly 1714

This silver medal commemorates Hamburg’s escape from a plague epidemic in 1714. A flying angel is engraved, armed with a shield protecting the city. The angel indicated the engraver’s intention to show Hamburg as a place looked after by God. At this time, plague was often viewed as a divine punishment. The reverse depicts a peaceful country complete with a rainbow. The rainbow is a Christian and Hebrew symbol of God’s promise being kept to the faithful. The inscription is in Latin.

Details

Category:
Wellcome Medals
Object Number:
A108896
type:
medal
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication