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ANTI-SEMITIC BIGOTRY AS CHRONICLED BY HISTORICAL MEDALS


 
Feder Jude Medal
Figure 9. Feder Jude (Feather Jew) Medal

Christian Wermuth, Germany, c.1700 Silver struck medal, 43 mm. Ref: Kirschner 41/11; Friedenberg p.111 (Image courtesy of Busso Peus Nacht.)

Another variation of an anti-Semitic medal of the Feder Jude series, made in Germany in the 18th century, is shown in figure 10. This rare version shows on the obverse a figure riding a deer with a German inscription around it, translated as, “I Wear Horns So That All Can See, Another Wears Such (horns), but Is Unaware of Doing so.” The Latin inscription, below the deer, also alluding to cuckoldry, can be translated as, “Let Him Who Has Made Horns Not Refuse to Wear Horns” (meaning: Let the one who has committed adultery not refuse to wear the symbol of adultery when he is cuckolded himself). The reverse inscription is the same as that shown in figure 9.

Cuckold Medal  Feder Jude Medal
Figure 10. Cuckold Feder Jude Medal

Unidentified medallist, Germany, c.1700, White metal, struck medal, 40 mm. See also: Friedenberg, pp.9 12 (Image courtesy of Kedem Auction)

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