United Fruit Company Medal (reverse)
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 1966.47.138 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
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 reverse of the true medal, which was awarded “for meritorious service at sea.” The open area at the center was reserved for the name of the company employee to whom the medal was awarded.
Architecture - boat - detail
sculpture - medal-sample
metal - bronze