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Medal commemorating Moses Mendelssohn

Medal commemorating Moses Mendelssohn

Medal commemorating Moses Mendelssohn

Silver

Inscriptions: obverse, "Moses Mendelssohn", and the artist's signature. Reverse: "PHAEDON", "NATUS MDCCXXIX".

Diam: 4.3 cm

The Stieglitz Collection was donated to the Museum with the contribution of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Maker's mark

Accession number:

B86.0234

753/214

Jewish Art and Life

“Phaedon” is the title of a philosophical work by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1785), the German-Jewish philosopher and leader of the Haskalah (Enlightenment) movement. The treatise, published in 1767, derives its title from one of the "Dialogues" of Plato. The fluttering butterfly on the skull symbolizes the "immortality of the spirit" (Phaedon).

From the Israel Museum publications:

Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, English / Hebrew

Exhibitions:

The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 30/11/1987 - 21/04/1987