1942 Janet de Coux Born: Niles, Michigan 1904 Died: 1999 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.28 Not currently on view
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The motto on this medal comes from Proverbs 6:6, which reads, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise.” On the obverse, a robed woman sleeps in the shade of a tree as the day advances. The rest of the proverb appears on the reverse, accompanied by an image of three ants whose intertwined antennae suggest their collaborative effort. The reddish, earthy patina of this medal underscores the natural setting designed by Janet de Coux.
Animal - insect - ant
Figure female - full length
State of being - mood - laziness
sculpture - medal
metal - bronze