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United Fruit Company Medal (obverse)

1943 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.137 Not currently on view


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The United Fruit Company was founded in 1899 and by midcentury was one of the largest employers in Central America. Paul Manship’s artist’s sample shows the obverse of the true medal, which was awarded “for meritorious service at sea.” The American eagle rests upon an anchor, which, during the interwar years, often symbolized maritime trade between North America and Central and South America.

Keywords

Allegory - arts and sciences - industry

Animal - bird - eagle

Architecture - boat - detail

sculpture - medal-sample

metal - bronze

relief

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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