Exhibit#1 Brookgreen Collection
Pygmalion and Galatea

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Accession# 1981.008
Artist Worth, Karen
Collection Art Objects
Date 1980
Description "Pygmalion and Galatea" by Karen Worth; Brookgreen Gardens Medal 82-83


"The obverse depicts Pygmalion, a legendary king of Cyprus, who carved the figure of a beautiful maiden and immediately fell in love with it. The medal portrays the magical moment when the statue becomes the maiden, Galatea, and Pygmalion, overjoyed, reaches out toward his creation. On the reverse is Orpheus who was celebrated in Greek Literature as the outstanding poet of his age. They lyre is shown as the ancient Greek type with the sounding box made from the shell of a tortoise. The wild animals are those native to South Carolina - the great blue heron, white-tailed deer, grey squirrel and flying birds." (Salmon 274-275)
Home Location Keepsakes/Case (1995)
Makers mark [Medallic Art Co]
Material Bronze
Medium Metal/bronze/struck
Object ID S.1981.008
Object Name Medal
Recfrom Commissioned by the Trustees
Sig Loc Obverse
Signed Name KAREN [crossed mallets] WORTH
Sub-category Art
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