Universal Exposition Medal of Award
Artist Jules-Clément Chaplain (French, 1839–1909)
Object Place: France
Diameter and weight: 64 mm (2 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Circular medal commemorating the 1900 Exposition Universelle. Stamped “BRONZE” on side.
Obverse: Semi-nude man holding a torch in his left hand sits on a winged victory figure who holds a wreath above buildings and with a palm branch at proper right; inscribed at edge “EXPOSITION·UNIVERSELLE·INTERNATIONALE·”, proper left “JC·CHAPLAIN 1900”, and on rectangular plate “K.TOMITA”.
Reverse: Bust of a woman (probably personification of Liberty) looking to proper left, wearing a close fitting cap and with an oak tree to proper right with one branch extending as if crowning woman and view of Paris in distance; inscribed at edge “REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE”.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "EXPOSITION·UNIVERSELLE·INTERNATIONALE·", proper left "JC·CHAPLAIN 1900", and on rectangular plate "K.TOMITA".
Reverse: Inscribed at edge "REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE".
Stamped "BRONZE" on side.
By 1914, given to Mr. Tomita-Kojiro's father; by 1914, Mr. Tomita-Kojura; 1914, gift of Mr. Tomita-Kojiro to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 10, 1914)
Gift of Tomita-Kojiro