Charles Lang Freer Medal (reverse)
1955 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.131 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919) manufactured railroad cars in Detroit until he retired in 1900. He established the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to house his collection of Asian art, as well as paintings and decorative arts created by James McNeill Whistler. The inscription “For distinguished contributions to the knowledge and understanding of oriental civilizations as reflected in their arts” on Paul Manship’s medal conveys Freer’s hopes for his gift to the nation.
Object - other - wreath
sculpture - medal
metal - bronze