Dionysus
Dionysus
Dionysus
Dionysus

Dionysus

Paul Manship (American, 1885-1966)
Medallic Art Company, Foundry (American)

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  • These medals are dedicated to Dionysus, the mythological Greek god of wine and revelry, depicted on the obverse with grapes tumbling from his hair and a kylix, a shallow Greek cup used at banquets. Two fauns, with pointed ears and goat legs, dance upon grapes in a vat on the reverse side.
  • A subject from Greek mythology was a logical choice for Manship, who was inspired by Classical Greek and Roman sculpture. He himself described this work as “subtly humorous” and symbolic of “certain restraints of the times”—a clear reference to the United States’ prohibition era, which lasted from 1920 to 1933.

Object Information

artist
Paul Manship (American, 1885-1966)
foundry
Medallic Art Company (American)
creation date
1930
materials
bronze
dimensions
2-7/8 x 3/8 in.
mark descriptions
Inscribed, front side: HAIL TO DIONYSUS WHO FIRST DISCOVERED / THE MAGIC OF THE GRAPE
Signed and dated, back side, near border along bottom: © / • P. MANSHIP 1930 •
Inscribed, top side edge: THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS SECOND ISSUE
Inscribed, bottom side edge: MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y.
accession number
37.118
credit line
Gift of C.C. Trees
copyright
© Paul Manship
collection
Decorative Arts
colors

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