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Medal - Daphne

Daphne

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1999 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crook, Linda (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze with green patination

  • Credit Line:

    Given anonymously

  • Museum number:

    A.12-2004

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Linda Crook has considered and re-interpreted the roles ascribed to women in ancient myths and legends in a series of three medals, starting with this one and followed by Leda and the Hat Pin (A.5-2004) and Europa and the Bull (A.13-2004). According to the artist, Daphne's fate, as represented in the medal, was not so terrible. She did, after all, escape 'a fate worse than death' and was transformed into a thing of great beauty. The medal depicts her adapting to this fate. She is just beginning to be aware of the leaves in her hair and is reaching up to touch them. This object, like Daphne, is about touch and sensuousness. The shape of the piece fits into the curves of one's palm and the subtle patination suggests the appearance of a laurel leaf.

Physical description

The metal has subtle undulations which allow the object to sit well in the hand.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1999 (made)

Artist/maker

Crook, Linda (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze with green patination

Dimensions

Height: 13.2 cm, Width: 6.5 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm irregular

Object history note

Given together with A.13-2004, by Ted Few.

Descriptive line

Medal, cast bronze, 'Daphne', by Linda Crook, London, 1999

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Daphne Re-imagined', in: V&A Magazine, Spring 2005, p. 76, illustr.

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Cast

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Feminism; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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