Lot 8491: Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Silver Winner’s Medal
Beautiful winner’s medal issued for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. Silver with inlaid jade, 70 mm, 186 gm, by Medal Design Group, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Elena Votsi. Created from ancient Chinese jade patterns, the medal consists of silver and jade, which symbolize nobility and virtue. Jade has been regarded as a virtue since ancient times, and the embodiment of Chinese traditional values of ethics and honor. The front depicts the standing goddess of Victory against panoramic imagery of the Panathinaikos Arena, with text above reading: “XXIX Olympiad Beijing 2008”; and the reverse features the Beijing Games emblem surrounded by inlaid jade and the outer circle engraved with the sport, “Football, Women.” The design inspiration of the medal hook derives from jade ‘huang,’ a ceremonial jade piece decorated with a double dragon pattern and ‘Pu,’ the reed mat pattern. Includes the original red-and-orange ribbon. The winner's name will be disclosed to winning bidder. After a 2-1-0 record in the Group F preliminary round, the Brazilian women’s soccer team defeated Norway in the quarterfinals and Germany in the semifinals to earn a match-up with the United States in the gold medal round. The US women’s held Brazil scoreless for 120 minutes before getting a goal from Carli Lloyd just six minutes into overtime to record a 1-0 victory. An immensely desirable Olympic medal from the historic Beijing Games.
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