Copy of a self portrait medal of Lysippus the Younger. The original medal was a self portrait cast in Rome in the period 1470-1484. This uniface electrotype copy was made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal is cast bronze held by the British Museum (Reg: 1887,0705.2). This electotype is copper plated and toned. The obverse legend of the medal has been translated - "This side the likeness of your servant shows; Turn me, and 'twill your own face disclose". The reverse of the original medal is plain but was probably originally have been polished to become a mirror. (see Hill & Pollard, Medals of the Renaissance, p. 70).

Lysippus named himself after the ancient Greek sculptor Lysippos of Sikyon, his actual name is not known.

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Bust of Lysippus facing left wearing tall cap; below bust, two leaves; around, DI LA IL BEL VISO . EQVIL TVO SERVO MIRA

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