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ART09445

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number ART09445
Title War
Collection Art
Object type Sculpture
Artist Mackennal, Bertram
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1906
Medium bronze
Measurement overall: 141.0 x 118.0 x 76.5 cm
On display Main building: Outdoor Exhibition Area

Description

The sculpture War, also known as Bellona, was gifted to the Commonwealth of Australia in 1920 by the internationally renowned Australian sculptor Bertram Mackennal as a tribute to the "gallantry, extreme courage and fortitude of our troops at Anzac". Mackennal had modelled the sculpture in London in 1906, long before the First World War and possibly in response to the Boer War.
In Roman mythology, Bellona was the goddess of war. In art throughout the ages she has been depicted with common implements of war, such as a sword or spear. Mackennal's depiction of Bellona bears the upper half of a shield, and a helmet incorporating death's head as grim evidence of the harvest of war.