George Washington Belt Buckle

  • James I. Meyer, George Washington Belt Buckle, 1974, sterling silver, 14k gold, and ruby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.158

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In George Washington Belt Buckle, James Meyer shows a young Washington chopping down the famous cherry tree, invoking a popular episode from American folklore. Meyer expresses in this piece his desire to enjoy and protect his cultural heritage, a need that he attributes to his observations while traveling abroad. According to the artist, the richness and vitality of Italy’s culture made him aware of our need to preserve America’s folk history and shared heritage.

Title
George Washington Belt Buckle
Artist
Date
1974
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (4.2 x 4.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
sterling silver, 14k gold, and ruby
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – tool – axe
  • Landscape – tree
  • Portrait male – Washington, George
Object Number
1975.158
Palette
Linked Open Data
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