Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Original Author: Joseph S. Potter
Created: 1878–1889
Medium: Porcelain

Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia

A decorative porcelain cup from the late nineteenth century features the official seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Roman goddess of virtue stands with her foot atop a figure representing tyranny. Above her hangs the Latin motto for the Commonwealth, Sic Semper Tyrannis, or "thus always to tyrants."

Citation: Funds from various donors, 2012, Metropolitan Museum of Art