The Indiana Medal (The Admission of Indiana to the Union)
The Indiana Medal (The Admission of Indiana to the Union)

The Indiana Medal (The Admission of Indiana to the Union)

Janet Scudder (American, 1869-1940)

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  • The official medal commemorating Indiana’s centennial in 1916 presents an allegorical image of the Union as a draped Goddess of Liberty welcoming the new state, depicted as a young child. In the background are the original statehouse in Corydon and the tree known as the Constitutional Elm.
  • Indiana native and distinguished sculptor Janet Scudder was commissioned to create the medal, which she rendered with an elegant treatment of the figures and surrounding laurel wreath. This example is number 73 of the 918 medals that were produced.
  • The reverse of the medal is based on the state seal, with a buffalo, a woodsman, and light radiating from a rising sun.

Object Information

artist
Janet Scudder (American, 1869-1940)
creation date
1916
materials
bronze
dimensions
2-1/2 x 1/8 in.
mark descriptions
Signed, front side, lower left, inside border: JANET SCUDDER ©
Inscribed, front side, upper right: THE ADMISSION / OF INDIANA / TO THE UNION
Inscribed, back side, near top: INDIANA
Inscribed, back side, near bottom: 1816 [five-pointed star] 1916
accession number
17.1
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Addison C. Harris
copyright
Public Domain
collection
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors

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