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

  • John Gregory, Society of Medallic Arts, Betrothal Medal, "Ceres' Blessing So Is On You," Struck for the Society of Medalists--20th Issue, 1939, gilded 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, 1972.167.42

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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.

Title
Betrothal Medal, "Ceres' Blessing So Is On You," Struck for the Society of Medalists--20th Issue
Artists
Commissioner
Founders
Date
1939
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
1/4 x 2 7/8 in. (.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
gilded bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – head
  • Mythology – classical – Ceres
  • Allegory – quality – wealth
  • Animal – insect – bee
  • Object – flower – rose
Object Number
1972.167.42
Palette
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