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The Circle of Friends of the Medallion 8th Issue

Object Number: 
INV.5501
Date: 
1913
Medium: 
Bronze; paper, cloth, cardboard
Dimensions: 
case: 8 1/2 x 5 9/16 x 11/16 in. ( 21.6 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm ) diameter: 2 3/4 in. ( 7 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: inside front cover, at upper right corner, in graphite: "Jan. 20, 1919" Inscription: edge, lower center: "DAVISON PHILA."
Description: 
Bronze die-struck medal with obverse depicting allegorical face symbolizing forces of Nature that emerges from clouds on the horizon; beneath is nautilus shell with rippled sea water in background, flanked by branches of algae; all surrounded by border of fossil seaform design. Reverse shows nude male and female figures drawn by swirling motion of sea waters; legend around border: "OKEANOS [in Greek letters] -- VORTEX OF BEING -- WELLSPRING OF LIFE -- HIGHWAY OF NATIONS -- SOURCE OF MUSIC AND SONG." Medal inset into clothbound book-style presentation case with gold embossed logo with portrait of Pisanello at upper right corner of cover and number "8" on upper section of spine; black monochrome woodblock-printed bookplate with initials "JMA" pasted inside front cover.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group