Winged Fame Gloria Victis Statue: A Soldier's Ultimate Sacrifice

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Winged Fame "Gloria Victis" Museum Reproduction Statue

A military statue, this one was sculpted in 1874, named Gloria Victis, and is by French artist Antonin Mercié.

Mercié designed this sculpture following the Franco-Prussian War to honor those French soldiers who had fallen in the conflict, especially his friend, the artist Henri Regnault (1843-1871).

A winged female allegorical image of Fame carries to glory a dying French hero, his broken sword a sign his ultimate sacrifice. Mercié's original plaster sculpture won a medal at the 1874 Paris Salon, and it was later reproduced in bronze in various sizes.

Why is it called Fame? In Greek mythology, Pheme was the personification of fame and renown, her favour being notability (although the flip side of her wrath was scandalous rumors). She was  described as "she who initiates and furthers communication," and had an altar at Athens.

In this statue, the winged goddess Fame is carrying the soldier to high glory, and making sure the whole world knows of his sacrifice. This soldiers broken sword is symbolic of  defeating anything you wish to leave behind.

The quality of the casting of this cold cast bronze museum reproduction is well-detailed and polished to a lovely shine. Blends well with authentic and more expensive antique pieces.

(some information adapted from Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia)

Winged Fame Statue is made of bronze finished resin and stands 14 inches at the tallest wing point (35.56cm), is 8 inches wide (20.32cm) and 6.5 inches deep (16.5cm).