Military heroes and patriotic figures have always been a bona fide subject in France. After the Franco-Prussian and the First World wars, those killed on the fields of Glory were remembered in thousands of sculptures and monuments erected across France, by small villages or large towns, as well as by famous companies and shops to show their patriotic support and gratitude towards the national heroes.
Sculptures such as La France Combattante by Chaumet or La Paix Armée by Falize were created to illustrate the fervent national patriotism that ran throughout the country, also serving as instruments to boost moral and national pride.
The term 'chryselephantine' was first used to describe Greek classical statues made of gold and ivory. The meaning was later extended to encompass any object fashioned in ivory in combination with another material, such as bronze, onyx, marble or wood.