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Throne in Majesty
Throne in Majesty

Between sobriety and splendour, moderation and excess, thrones always hark back to the same symbolism of established, or "seated", authority. Exercising sovereignty combines two distinct aspects: authority and power. Authority assures continuity and legitimacy, establishing its holder on foundations that are far more stable than those offered by power. Power on the other hand, is fleeting and not easily obtained, drawing its origin from the victory of a hero over his adversaries. Therefore, the symbolic imagery portrays the holder of authority seated, and the bearer of power standing or even in movement.
Allemagne, Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum (SMPK)
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