Figure, 'Britannia and Lion', terracotta, Goldscheider, Vienna, Austria, 1910.
Terracotta figure in the round, painted and gilded. Figure represents the allegorical figure of Brittania depicted as a warrior woman with lion [Minerva the Roman goddess of War]. The woman strides forward with her right leg, points to the ground with her left hand, with her right arm drawn back to hold a trident. The figure is dressed in the garb of a Roman warrior, gilded classical folded drapery beneath an elaborately rendered metal breast plate, affixed at the shoulder with bronze lion heads, also clasping gilded fabric at the shoulder folded in a loop under the arms. About her waist attached at her right hip is an animal skin. She wears Roman style sandals tied beneath the knee. She wears a Roman style helmet, also elaborately rendered with various classical motifs, topped with a representation of a feathered crest. Britannia is depicted standing next to a seated lion, with a sword and shield at their feet.