Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Figure of an Eagle

Date:
1800–1830
Geography:
Probably made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Pine
Dimensions:
69 x 91 1/4 x 14 in., 185lb. (175.3 x 231.8 x 35.6 cm, 83.9kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Ella Morris de Peyster, by exchange, 1959
Accession Number:
59.89
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700
The American bald eagle was adopted by the United States Congress for the national seal in 1782. It soon became the most popular of patriotic decorative motifs. This carved-and-gilded eagle, with its wings proudly spread, is posed on a rocklike base. One of the largest of its type, it may have been the work of a carver of ship figureheads; however, it does not appear to have been used as a ship’s ornament or placed on the outside of a building, as it shows no signs of weathering.
David and David Gallery, Philadelphia, until 1959
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