Copy of a medal of Pope Innocent XII (1691-1700). The original medal, by Beatrice Hamerani , was made in 1694. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 343 in the catalogue of that exhibition. It is thought that this electrotype was 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 cast bronze the electrotype copper plated and toned.

Obverse Description

Bust of Pope Innocent XII facing right in ecclesiastical robes, and skull-cap; around, INNOCEN . XII PONT . OPT . MAX . A . III; below, Beatrix. Hamerani

Reverse Description

Pelican on pedestal facing right tearing her breast to feed young; landscape with many birds behind; around, SINVM . SVVM . APERVIT . EGENIS, and on pedestal, Papal arms and1694

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