National Sculpture Society Medal of Honor

  • Paul Manship, National Sculpture Society Medal of Honor, 1940, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.123

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The National Sculpture Society was organized in 1893 and its members have included noted sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French. The society counts nearly four thousand members today drawn from the ranks of American sculptors, architects, historians and conservators. Paul Manship, who created this design, served as president of the NSS from 1939 to 1942, when he was awarded the medal of honor for his service. On the obverse, a winged muse offers a laurel wreath to a sculptor, who holds a ball of clay in one hand and a sculpting loop in the other.

Title
National Sculpture Society Medal of Honor
Artist
Date
1940
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
4 in. (10.2 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – arts and sciences – sculpture
  • Mythology – classical – muse
  • Figure group
Object Number
1966.47.123
Palette
Linked Open Data
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