[FREUD, Sigmund]. SCHWERDTNER, Karl Maria, artist. Two circular bronze medallions issued in honor of Freud's 50th birthday. Vienna, 1906. Each 60mm (2 1.4 in.) in diameter. Both with bas-relief portrait of Freud on obverse, signed with the artist's initials, the reverse depicting Oedipus and the Sphink with an inscription in Greek.

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[FREUD, Sigmund]. SCHWERDTNER, Karl Maria, artist. Two circular bronze medallions issued in honor of Freud's 50th birthday. Vienna, 1906. Each 60mm (2 1.4 in.) in diameter. Both with bas-relief portrait of Freud on obverse, signed with the artist's initials, the reverse depicting Oedipus and the Sphink with an inscription in Greek.

"In 1906...the little group of adherents in Vienna presented him with a medallion, designed by a well-known sculptor Karl Maria Schwerdtner, having on the obverse his [Freud's] side-portrait in in bas-relief and on the reverse a line from Sophocles's Oedipus Tyrannus: 'Hos ta klein ainigmat eide kai krastistos en aner' ['Who divined the famed riddle and was a man most mighty']...When Freud read the inscription he became pale and agitated and demanded to know who had thought of it....After [Paul] Federn told him it was he who had chosen the inscription Freud disclosed that as a young student at the University of Vienna he used to stroll around the great Court inspecting the busts of former famous professors of the institution. He then had the fantasy, not merely of seeing his own bust there,...but of it actually being inscribed with the identical words he now saw on the medallion" (Jones 2:15). Stanford 82; Norman F167. (2)