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United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal

1919 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 9 1/2 in. (24.2 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.134 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A


Luce Center Label

Congress authorized the United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal on February 4, 1919. The medal is awarded for meritorious service in the Navy, whether in combat or noncombat operations. This is a large-scale replica of an alternate design by Paul Manship and may have been created as an artist’s sample or to hang in an officer’s quarters. The American eagle appears on the obverse and Poseidon’s trident on the reverse. The pendant medal hangs from a bar sculpted in the shape of a military ship supported by two dolphins.

Keywords

Allegory - civic - military

Animal - bird - eagle

Animal - dolphin

Architecture - boat - ship

Object - other - wreath

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Paul Manship

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

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