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Maker(s):Goncharova, Natalia
Culture:Russian/French (1881-1962)
Title:The British Lion, from the portfolio 'Mystical Images of War'
Date Made:1914
Measurements:Sheet: 9 11/16 x 12 7/8 in.; 24.8 x 32.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.17.6
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The lion has been used in England as a royal emblem since the Middle Ages, when it also stood for the courageous warrior. Referring to the lion’s historic meaning as the king of beasts, this heraldic symbol denotes prudence, firmness, courage, and royalty, as well as generosity. In this lithograph, the lion represents England’s power and strength as an important ally of Russia. Britain, France, and Russia were in the military-political alliance known as the Triple Entente.
BJ, 2014


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