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Pan American Exposition Medal

Designed by Hermon Atkins MacNeil (American, 1866–1947), Struck by Gorham Manufacturing Company (active 1865–1961)


Legacy dimension: Diameter 2 1/2"

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Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery (Gallery 221)





Medallion - of Pan American Exposition on 1901 - Side 1: North American Indian smoking peace pipe with South American Indian - each has a shield beside him with the outline of his respective continent on it - at top, between the two figures, are the words: “Buffalo-V.S.A.-MCMI” on the edge of the South American Indian’s shield is signed: “Hermon MacNeil” Side 2: buffalo bedecked with oak leaves with nude woman in flowing drape, holding winged globe, walking beside him - “Pan American Exposition” is written at the top of the medallion - “Grueby Faience Co.” is inscribed below the scene and “Hermon MacNeil S.C.” below that according to Dr. Norton, this medallion was presented to Grueby for the outstanding contribution he made to the field of ceramics.

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Gift of Professor Emeritus F. H. Norton and the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology