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M. A. Castrén

Artist Alpo Sailo

Matiaksenlehto, Mannerheimintien and Museokadun kulmaus, Etu-Töölö, Helsinki

Matias Aleksanteri Castrén (1813-52) was a scholar of Finno-Ugric languages, explorer and from 1851, the first professor of the Finnish language at the University of Helsinki.

In 1912, the Finno-Ugrian Society, the Finnish Literature Society, the Finnish Association for Antiquities and the Kotikielen seura (Home language association) organized a competition for a memorial to Castrén. The memorial was commissioned from Alpo Sailo.

The memorial is a 0,8 metre-high bronze bust set on a 3-metre high pedestal of red granite. It was unveiled in 1921.

The work doesn’t belong to the collections of the Helsinki Art Museum.

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