Handsome medalion found at Nyborg Castle

04. April 2017 | Nyborg Slot

A small but extremely handsome medalion made from an antler was found in January by Hans Ulrik Riisgård from Kerteminde, who took a walk around the excavations around the castle. On the medalion, a man is shown wearing armour; he has a clearly visible forked beard.
The medalion has been dated to the mid-1500’s, which makes it especially interesting. Is is thereby possibly to determine who is pictured on the medalion?

Christian III    Medaljon - motiv

Is it a portrait of King Christian III?
In several paintings of the Danish Reformation-era king, Christian III, he is shown with a large forked beard. Since we also know that Christian III expanded Nyborg Castle to make it his residence, and to make Nyborg the seat of his government in the 1500’s, it is natural to imagine that a medalion found in the excavation of the palace ground would show the powerful king.
The museum will seek the counsel of art historians, who may be able to come closer to a determination of the artist and of the man whose portrait is shown on the medalion. At the moment, however, the medalion has been urgently sent for conservation, so that it doesn’t dry out and possibly develop a crack.
We promise to follow up on the story as soon as there is any news to report.

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