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Betrothal Medal, "Ceres' Blessing So Is On You," Struck for the Society of Medalists--20th Issue

1939 John Gregory Born: London, England 1879 Died: New York, New York 1958 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) gilded bronze 1/4 x 2 7/8 in. (.6 x 7.4 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 1972.167.42 Not currently on view


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In John Gregory’s medal, the grain interwoven in Ceres’ hair refers to her protective role as the Roman goddess of agriculture. The inscription on the reverse side, “scarcity and want shall shun you,” appears with an image of bees approaching a rose. These symbols of passion and fertility invoke a future of healthy children for the betrothed couple.

Keywords

Allegory - quality - wealth

Animal - insect - bee

Figure female - head

Mythology - classical - Ceres

Object - flower - rose

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

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Born: London, England 1879 Died: New York, New York 1958

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