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Louisiana Purchase Exposition Silver Medal, 1904

1904 Adolph A. Weinman Born: Karlsruhe, Germany 1870 Died: Forest Hills, New York 1952 bronze 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 1/4 in. (6.7 x 6.7 x .6 cm) square Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. C. Keith McLane 1970.217A-B Not currently on view


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The 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair---also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition---commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, which dramatically broadened the territory of the United States. On the reverse of Adolph Weinman’s medal an allegorical figure of America shelters a Native American maiden under her cloak, symbolically absorbing the history of native peoples into the history of the United States. Visitors to the exposition could buy the medal for fifty cents.

Keywords

Animal - bird - eagle

Animal - fish

Figure group - female

Object - other - shell

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

About Adolph A. Weinman

Born: Karlsruhe, Germany 1870 Died: Forest Hills, New York 1952

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