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The Brass Doors of the John Adams Building

There are three sets of brass doors at the main entrance of the John Adams Building. They are located on the west side of the building, on Second Street.

The sculpted figures by Lee Lawrie depict the history of the written word.

Represented are:

  • Thoth, an Egyptian god
  • TS'ANG CHIEH, the Chinese patron of writing
  • NABU, an Akkadian god
  • BRAHMA, the Indian god
  • CADMUS, the Greek sower of dragon's teeth
  • TAHMURATH, a hero of the ancient Persians

Similar doors are on the east side of the building, on Third Street.

Brass Doors on the East Side of the John Adams Building

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   August 23, 2010
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