For the obverse of this medal, Adolph Weinman depicted the creation of man from the book of Genesis; for the reverse, the sculptor employed classical figures of a goddess and a heavenly messenger. Research has not revealed the purpose of this medal, but Weinman’s symbolism and the phrase “Web of Destiny” refer to the Christian mysticism of a Rosicrucian sect led by Max Heindel in the early 1900s. The obverse of the medal signals the beginning of man’s journey toward godhood, which culminates, according to Heindel, in a state of consciousness called epigenesis. Web of Destiny was the title of a book of “lessons” published by Heindel early in the twentieth century.
- Not on view
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle
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- Religion – angel
- Religion – Old Testament – Genesis
- Allegory – quality – fortune
- Figure group – female and child
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