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Catalog Number 01.C.62
Object Name Paperweight
Title Paperweight
Artist Unknown
Description Paperweight "composed of a pebble from Samos and a hand found in the Plains of Marathon." Hand clenched in fist with ruffled cuff on wrist attached to a smooth, flat stone. "The hand from the plains of Marathon" written on underside.
Label Little is known about this paperweight, which may have been made as a souvenir for an American traveler in Greece. Greece was a popular destination for Americans in the 19th century because of spectacular archaeological finds. The paperweight includes a pebble from Samos, a Greek island known for its white rocky beach, and a hand found on the Plain of Marathon. Marathon is an ancient Greek city state which gave its name to the first marathon runner. In 490 BC, the outnumbered Athenian army miraculously defeated the invading Persians on the Plain of Marathon. They sent their best runner to Athens to declare the victory. He ran about 25 miles and delivered the message with his dying breath as he collapsed from exhaustion.
Material Stone
Dimensions H-4.5 W-5.75 D-4 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms sculpture