Olive branch given to Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics

Manufactured by
Owned by
Smith, Tommie, American, born 1944
Distributed by
Hellenic Olympic Committee, Greek, founded 1894
plastic, metal, wood, organic material, plant fiber, polyester, paper, tape, and graphite
H x W x D: 13 × 5 × 1 1/2 in. (33 × 12.7 × 3.8 cm)
An Olympic olive tree box.
A long, rectangular light brown wooden box. There is a thick clear lid that is attached with a screw in each corner. There is a handwritten inscription in black ink on the bottom proper left corner. There are a few scratches and smudges on the lid.
The proper left side has two (2) golden color metal hinges. The proper right side has a metal box clasp in the center and two rectangular gold colored metal plates. The plates have engraved text.
The plate near the top of the box reads ["???I??S", ????S ????OS ???????S / ?G ???? ???T??? ?????O? ??????????O?]. The plate near the bottom of the box reads ["KOTINOS", BRANCH OF WILD OLIVE, FROM THE SACRED ALTIS / OF OLIMPIA, GLORIOUS PRIZE ANCIENT OLYMPIC WINNERS / PRESENTED BY THE HELLENIC OLYMPIC COMMITTEE].
On the back side of the box there is a handwritten inscription in black ink.
The inside of the box is lined with shiny taupe polyester. There is a clear plastic bag near the bottom of the box. It has an undetermined substance inside of it. The bag is tied with grey and off-white ribbon. There is a branch coming out of the bag. The branch goes off into several different directions. The sections of the branch have dried up brown leaves which have curled with age.
Place collected
Athens, Greece, Europe
Place depicted
Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
Awards and Medals
Tools and Equipment-Sports and Recreational
trophies (prizes)
boxes (containers)
U.S. History, 1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Tommie and Delois Smith
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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