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Medal
1927 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This medal is a good example of the way in which French artists tried, in the inter-war years, to adapt classical mythology to the representation of contemporary technology. Here Iris, messenger of the gods, trips her way through the clouds with the zodiac behind her, drawing radio waves through the firmament.


Object details
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Object type
Materials and techniques
Bronze
Brief description
Medal, bronze, Wireless, French, by Paul Marcel Dammann (1885-1939), about 1927
Physical description
Obverse, full length figure of Iris, the background a section of the zodiac. Inscription: 'IRIS', 'P.M. DAMMANN' and '1927'.

Reverse, the globe enclosed in a microphone against a background of stars. Inscription.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 6.3cm
  • Weight: 136.4g
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'IRIS' [and] 'P.M. DAMMANN' [and] '1927'. (obverse)
  • 'TSF' (reverse)
Credit line
Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs Ann Hull Grundy
Object history
Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy, in 1980.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This medal is a good example of the way in which French artists tried, in the inter-war years, to adapt classical mythology to the representation of contemporary technology. Here Iris, messenger of the gods, trips her way through the clouds with the zodiac behind her, drawing radio waves through the firmament.
Bibliographic reference
Fisher, Wendy, French Medal Design in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Periods, London: The Victoria and Albert Museum, 2000.
Collection
Accession number
A.4-1980

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Record createdJanuary 22, 2004
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