100628 | FINLAND & SWEDEN. Adam & Eve bronze Medal.
100628 | FINLAND & SWEDEN. Adam & Eve bronze Medal. Issued 1987. Adam & Eve and the fall of Man (59mm, 166.13 g, 12h). By K. Räsänen and produced by Sporrong AB in Solna.
ADAM, Adam reclining left, head facing; behind to left, Eye of God from which dove emerges / EVA, Eve reclining right, head facing, raising hand in protest and with serpent coiled around arm; crescent moon behind to inner left, Tree of Knowledge behind to outer right. Edge: SPORRONG.
HK 132. Gem Mint State. Deep brown surfaces, with some lighter hints of antiquing on the high points. Very rare, with a mintage of just 50 pieces.
Kauko Räsänen was born just inside what is now modern-day Russia in 1926, becoming a magnificent sculptor and creator of medallic art until his recent death in 2015 at the age of 89. His sculptures feature a distinctive modern flare which can be seen, often in extravagant ways, in his works of medallic art as well. Räsänen would utilize bizarre shapes and even additional pieces to convey his entire medallic concept, often leaving the viewer with the idea that the medals were miniature sculptures in their own right. The piece above exemplifies his ultra-modern approach, with highly stylized artistry, intense relief, and a somewhat mirrored approach, whereby the aspects of the obverse mimic those of the reverse in numerous ways, while still maintaining their own story.