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  • Title
    Item 10: Peking Siege Medal [awarded to George Ernest Morrison], ca. 1903
  • Call number
    SAFE/R 644/Item j
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 19003
  • Type of material
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  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 medal - bronze - 6 cm. diameter

    The Peking Siege Commemoration Medals were struck at the instigation of Mr. Arthur D. Brent, an employee of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, who was himself present throughout the siege during the Boxer Rebellion, and were presented to those who were present at the Defence of Legations, June 20 to August 14, 1900. The inscription on the reverse represents the words that appear on the wall of Rembrandt’s Belshazzar's Feast and were interpreted to mean, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” Taken from the Book of Daniel, the words are a portent of doom.

    Morrison was in China during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, as foreign correspondent for The Times. He reported on the Peking siege of foreign legations by the Boxers, and was awarded this medal for bravery, being wounded while rescuing another
  • Scope and Content
    1 bronze medal in velvet and silk-lined presentation box:
    Obverse: the Chien-Men Gate to Peking engulfed in flames, with a cannon below, and the curved inscription 'UNII XX - AUGUSTI XIV, A.D. MDCCCC' around the upper edge.
    Reverse: Britannia and Germania clasping hands, with a Chinese figure in the background and a Dragon below, and the curved inscription, 'MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN' around the upper edge and below 'ICHABOD!'
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  • General note

    Digital order no:Album ID : 825714
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "J. Tayler Foot / Medallist / 18 Poland Street / London. W" -- printed on silk lining of box
    "Peking Siege 1900 / G.E. Morrison, M.D. / 'Times' correspondent" -- embossed on box cover
    "J. Tayler Foot, S.C." -- embossed on obverse
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