America/Abundance

  • Albert Laessle, America/Abundance, 1934, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1971.121

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For the obverse of this medal, Albert Laessle selected a turkey, which Benjamin Franklin once proposed as the national bird, to symbolize America. The sculptor also explained that the ear of corn was “triumphant, rhythmic with the pulse of life. It symbolizes true wealth.” This was the tenth medal issued by the Society of Medalists and was commissioned when the nation was struggling with the Great Depression and years of drought. Laessle’s medal is one of many images in the 1930s that encouraged Americans to look beyond their hardships to a better future.

Title
America/Abundance
Artist
Commissioner
Founder
Date
1934
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
1/4 x 2 7/8 in. (0.6 x 7.4 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – turkey
  • Allegory – quality – wealth
  • Allegory – place – America
  • Object – vegetable – corn
Object Number
1971.121
Palette
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