Copy of a medal of Pope Julius II. The original medal attributed to Cristoforo Caradosso Foppa was made in 1506. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal part of the collection of George III (Reg: G3,PMAE3.6) and was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 79 in the catalogue of that exhibition. It is thought that this electrotype as produced in association with that exhibition and publication and acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria where it was displayed in the late 1880s. The original medal is bronze.

Note: the obverse piece of this pair is smaller and lacks the hole shown on the British Museum piece, visable on the foot of the shepard on the reverse - it is incorrect.

Obverse Description

Bust of Julius II facing right, tonsured, wearing cape with incised ornament and panelled orphrey; around, IVLIVS . LIGVR . PAPA . SECVNDVS . MCCCCCVI

Reverse Description

A shepherd, with crook and cloak, seated facing right under tree, with dog at his feet and two dog's heads appearing from his left side; he is pointing with right hand up a path along which sheep return to the fold, entering an enclosure through an arched gateway; in foreground, two dogs; around, PEDO SERVATAS OVES AD REQVIEM AGO

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