Bronze sculpture of The Lion of Lucerne, mid 20th century.
8 1/4” by 5”, 5” high.
The Lion of Lucerne is a rock relief in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820-21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy.