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Washington Monument Commemorative Stone: State of New York, (sculpture)

view Washington Monument Commemorative Stone: State of New York, (sculpture) digital asset number 1
Sculptor:
Unknown
Medium:
Soapstone
Type:
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by United States Department of the Interior National Park Service Washington District of Columbia
Located National Mall Adjacent to 14th Street, between Constitution Avenue, N.W. & Independence Avenue, S.W Washington District of Columbia
Date:
1851. Installed 1887
Notes:
Jacob, Judith M., "The Washington Monument: A Technical History and Catalog of the Commemorative Stones," Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2005, pg. 113.
Summary:
The stone is carved in relief the coat of arms of the State of New York depicting a shield flanked by two female figures, one on the left holding a staff, and one on the right, a blindfolded figure of Justice holding the scales of justice in her left hand and a sword in her right hand. The shield is carved in low relief with an image depicting a river with two sailing ships with the sun shining over the mountains in the background. On top of the shield there is an eagle with its wings spread atop a globe. Below the shield there is a ribbon banner incised with EXCELSIOR. The outer edges of the stone are carved with a border and incised letters spelling out NEW YORK appear along the lower edge of the border.
Topic:
Emblem--Seal
Allegory--Place--New York
Figure group--Female
Allegory--Quality--Justice
Object--Weapon--Sword
Animal--Bird--Eagle
Object--Other--Globe
Object--Tool--Scale
Architecture--Boat--Sailing Ship
Control number:
IAS 78230089
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_373559

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