German Lusitania medallion showing Death bestriding RMS Lusitania ('Dance of Death' series)

MMM.2004.142.1

Part of

Lusitania collection

About this object

German medallion from a satirical series produced by Walther Eberbach, 1916, called Totentanz (‘Dance of the Dead’). On the obverse is Death in the form of a skeleton, standing in the sea, his legs astride the sinking Lusitania . Text around edge: 'Heimtucke. U. Gewarnter. Leichtsinn. An. Bord. D. Lusitania' is translated as 'Malice and forewarned recklessness on board the Lusitania'. The reverse design has a stylised pentagonal shell enclosing the text - 'DEM VERACHTER DER. WARNUNG WOODROW WILSON 1916', translated as 'To Woodrow Wilson the despiser of warnings'.

Object specifics

  • Title
    German Lusitania medallion showing Death bestriding RMS Lusitania ('Dance of Death' series)
  • Accession no.
    MMM.2004.142.1
  • Type
    Medal
  • Artist/Maker
    Walther Eberbach
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    c 1916
  • Materials
    Metal; coated iron
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    69.5 mm x 4 mm; 2 3/4 in x x 3/16 in
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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