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1934 Albert Laessle Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 1/8 x 2 7/8 in. (0.3 x 7.4 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.5 Not currently on view


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Albert Laessle is known primarily for his animal sculptures, yet he also designed medals such as this one, which was the tenth issue of the Society of Medalists. For the obverse of this medal, Laessle selected a turkey, which Benjamin Franklin once proposed as the national bird, to symbolize America.

Keywords

Allegory - place - America

Allegory - quality - wealth

Animal - bird - turkey

Object - vegetable - corn

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

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Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954

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