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American Eagle

19th century Unidentified plaster/bronzed on wood base 12 5/8 x 23 x 5 1/8 in. (32.0 x 58.4 x 13.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum acquisition 1979.9 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B


Luce Center Label

The bald eagle has been a symbol of American spirit since 1782, when the Continental Congress chose an eagle design for the Great Seal of the United States. As a result, many artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries included this motif in their work.

Keywords

Animal - bird - eagle

sculpture

plaster

wood