This imposing sculpture of a warrior is entitled, "Defense du Sol," or Defense of the Earth, an allegory about the protection of the native soil of France. Dating from around World War I, the noble figure bears a sword and wears a fur loincloth as he points to the sacred ground below.
The sculptor of this work of art signed the base, "M. Constant" and there is a foundry mark from Paris, France. This is an early work by Maurice Constant (1892-1970), who was famed for his naturalistic statues like this, which are in museums and collections around the world.
Cast in spelter, a white metal alloy similar to pewter, the bronze finish is well preserved with some wear as shown. There is a restoration to his right arm, see photos.
Measurements are 14" x 13" and 31" tall.
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