Washington Monument Commemorative Stone: State of New York, (sculpture)
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
1851. Installed 1887
Jacob, Judith M., "The Washington Monument: A Technical History and Catalog of the Commemorative Stones," Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2005, pg. 113.
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.
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums