Secessionist Medals

Secessionist Artists - WWI 1914 -1918 => Erzsébet von Esseö 1883-1954 => Topic started by: Rabenauge on December 14, 2019, 03:26:40 AM

Title: Hungaria
Post by: Rabenauge on December 14, 2019, 03:26:40 AM

Esseö, Elisabeth (Erzsébet) von.  1921 

HUNGARIA  —  1918 ・ ・ 1921.  Cast bronze, brown patina, 72.2 mm, 137.89 g; vorzüglich (extremely fine).  Very rare.

Obverse: Bust of young woman in profile to left, wearing crenellate crown with head covered by palla to offer sacrifice, eyes downcast; title legend left and right edge, respectively; artist's monogram, encircled ligatured ƎE to right. 

Reverse: Naked young woman crucified at center, the arms of Hungary at the foot of cross; to either side opposing lines of soldiers armed with spears; artist's signature legend OPUS — ESSOE at ends of cross, left and right respectively; artist's monogram lower right.
Not listed in  Huszár, Lajos, and Béla Procopius. 1932. Medaillen- und Plakettenkunst in Ungarn.  They do list a variant: GERMANIA A・D・ 1919 ・ 1921, p. 201: 1946, with a similar imager on obverse and substitution of arms of Germany for that of Hungary at foot of cross on reverse; cast bronze, 70 mm.

For an example of the latter medal, see Haarmann's "Germania" post below.