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United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal

ca. 1919 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze overall: 9 1/2 x 6 in. (24.0 x 15.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.87 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. In Paul Manship’s design 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

Animal - bird - eagle

Animal - porpoise

Architecture - boat

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

cast

relief

About Paul Manship

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

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