Obverse design : Death, in the form of an enormous skeleton, wearing a Russian fur cap and wielding a massive scythe as he towers above a crowd of refugee peasants. In the background a distant town engulfed in flames.
Obverse text : ".VÄTERCHEN.SORGT.FÜR.DIE.SEINEN."
Reverse design : pentagon, formed from stylised bones, enclosing four lines of text and a flower.
Reverse text : "DEM FRIEDENSCZAR.NICOLAUS.II.V.RUSSLAND"
One of a series of satirical medallions by Eberbach entitled "The Dance of Death"
In this grim 1916 piece (one of a series of satirical medals by Eberbach entitled 'The Dance of Death') the artist passes brutal comment on the scale of losses experienced on the Russian Home Front between 1914-1916 as a consequence of war and starvation. Eberbach directly attributes the blame for this colossal human tragedy to Tsar Nicholas II. The ironic obverse text is translated as 'The little father cares for his people' and the reverse text as 'The Tsar of peace Nicholas II'.