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Artist:
James I. Meyer, born New York City 1940  Search this
Sitter:
George Washington  Search this
Medium:
sterling silver, 14k gold, and ruby
Dimensions:
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (4.2 x 4.1 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
Crafts
Date:
1974
Luce Center Label:
In George Washington Belt Buckle, James Meyer shows a young Washington chopping down the famous cherry tree, invoking a popular episode from American folklore. Meyer expresses in this piece his desire to enjoy and protect his cultural heritage, a need that he attributes to his observations while traveling abroad. According to the artist, the richness and vitality of Italy’s culture made him aware of our need to preserve America’s folk history and shared heritage.
Topic:
Landscape\tree  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Object\tool\axe  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Object number:
1975.158
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1975.158