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Medal - Leda and the Hatpin

Leda and the Hatpin

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1999 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crook, Linda (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cast, with dark patination

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR16

This art medal shows how contemporary artist Linda Crook found inspiration in Greek myths. The classical legend of Leda and the Swan is given a new twist in this piece-- freeing Leda from the 'victim' role by making the Swan Leda's prey.

In 'Leda and the Hat Pin' we see the concluding episode of the story, hitherto unpublished. The swan is unable to escape being made into a fancy hat--which Leda tidies up nicely with a hat pin. The reverse of the medal shows that the hat pin might be a feather plucked from the swan.

Physical description

Medal, 'Leda and the Hat Pin', silver, cast, with dark patination. Leda of the classical legend with the Swan, but given a new twist to show the Swan as the victim of Leda.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1999 (made)


Crook, Linda (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, cast, with dark patination


Diameter: 7.5 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the artist in 2003.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver cast, with dark patination, 'Leda and the Hat Pin', a reworking of the classical myth, Leda and the Swan, by Linda Crook, England (London), 1999

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

Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 91, pl. 158
The Medal, Spring 2000, no. 36, pp 127-128, ill. p. 128



Subjects depicted

Swans; Mythology; Women; Birds; Feathers


Metalwork; Coins & Medals; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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