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The Relief of Vienna, September 12, 1683

Johan Ignaz Bendl (late 17th century–died ca. 1730)
Diam. 3-5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the Misses Josephine and Sarah Lazarus, 1890
Accession Number:
Not on view
This medal commemorates the end of the two-month siege of Vienna by the Ottomans, when the forces commanded by Jan Sobieski of Poland subdued the Muslim enemy. The obverse shows portraits of the Christian allies: Pope Innocent XI, Emperor Leopold I, King John III of Poland, and Marcantonio Giustiniani, doge of Venice. On the reverse, the eagles of the Habsburgs and Poland surround the carcass of a camel, symbolizing the Turkish army; Venetian boats arrive in the distance. "For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together" (Matthew 24:28) is inscribed on the banner.
Signature: J.I. Bendl (On tranche)

Inscription: INNOC.XI.PONT.LEOP.I.IMP.JOA.III.REX.POLO.M.A.JUSTIN.VE.DUX (in extenso-Innocentius XI Pontifex Maximus, Leopoldus I. Imperator, Joannes III. Rex Poloniae. Marcus Antonius Justinianus, Venetiae Dux)
(On obverse, leg. in margin)

UBICUNQUE FUERIT CORPUS, ILLIC CONGREGABUNTUR AQUILAE.MATT.XXIV.28 (Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together)
(On reverse, leg. above on flying scroll)
Josephine and Sarah Lazarus ; and Sarah Lazarus (until 1890; to MMA)
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