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Medal of Honour for the Relief Workers During the Cholera outbreak in Hamburg in 1892, 1892

  • bronze
  • 71 mm
  • Inv. 1911-DS

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Major cholera epidemics regularly broke out in Europe in the 19th century. Causes were poor living conditions and poor hygiene. In 1892, Hamburg was hit hard. After the outbreak, Hamburg's city council commissioned the design of a medal of honour as a reward for services rendered. Here, the two men fighting for their lives against monstrous snakes symbolise the fight against evil. The reverse refers to the gratitude of the city of Hamburg.


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Berlin 1859 - Berlin 1932

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Title Medal of Honour for the Relief Workers During the Cholera outbreak in Hamburg in 1892
Date 1892
Period 19th century
Location Hamburg TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription and signature on the front side: DEN HELFERN IN DER NOT ; AVogel.fc.; J.V.L.
inscription and date at the back, below: DAS DANKBARE / HAMBURG 1892
Collection medals AAT
Object type medal of honour
Inventory number 1911-DS
Acquisition credit gift
Société Gantoise des Amis de la Médaille
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055865 symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 25F42 snakes Iconclass
25I1461 city-gate Iconclass
31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31AA462 diseases affecting the whole body - AA - epidemic diseases Iconclass
31AA4623(CHOLERA) (other) contagious diseases (CHOLERA) - AA - epidemic diseases Iconclass
33B3 fighting Iconclass
45C13(SWORD) hacking and thrusting weapons: sword Iconclass
61E(HAMBURG) names of cities and villages (HAMBURG) Iconclass
Exposition Internationale de Bruxelles en 1910 : Salon international de la médaille contemporaine... : Groupe II: Beaux-Arts ; Classe 9B: Gravure en médailles (Bruxelles, Palais du Cinquantenaire, 01.05 - 15.11.1910) ; Catalogue / Victor Tourneur. - Bruxelles : Imprimerie A. Lesigne, 1910 (nr. 68(1-20), p. 32 (zilver). )
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