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Eagle Shield

This version of the Great Seal of the United States is a carved relief set into the stone on the west side of the Rayburn House Office Building. The Great Seal is the national coat of arms of the United States and this version, with 13 stars, 13 bars, 13 arrows and 13 olives, was first used in 1789. The original designer of the seal was Charles Thomson. The Rayburn House office building designed by architects Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson but the artist of this bas-relief is not recorded.