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Unicorn and Lion

Artist:

Unknown

Location:

Old State House, at State St. and Washington St.  

Location

Old State House, at State St. and Washington St.
United States
42° 21' 31.3632" N, 71° 3' 26.8632" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1713 / 1882

Medium:

Copper

Collection:

City of Boston / Old State House Museum

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Built in 1713, the Old State House was the seat of government for the Massachusetts Bay Colony before the American Revolution. These sculptures, symbols of the British Empire, were torn down and burnt in a bonfire in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was read from the balcony. Replicas have been in place since the building’s restoration in 1882. While the originals were wooden, the pieces you see now are made of copper. Inside, the Bostonian Society runs a museum exploring Revolutionary history.

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