Antique 1920s Bronze Sculpture of Brabo the Giant Killer
Antique 1920s bronze sculpture of Brabo from Belgian myth stories. The statue was from the 1928 Esperanto Conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
Bronze Sculpture is marked: Antverpeno
Universala Kongreso De Esperanto
3-11 Augusto 1928
The World Congress of Esperanto (Esperanto: Universala Kongreso de Esperanto) has the longest tradition among international Esperanto conventions, with an almost unbroken run of more than a hundred years. The congresses have been held since 1905 every year, except during World Wars I and II. Since the 1920s, the Universal Esperanto Association has been organizing these congresses.
These congresses take place every year and, over the 30 years from 1985 through 2014, have gathered an average of about 2000 participants (since World War II it has varied from 800 to 6000, depending on the venue). The average number of countries represented is about 60. Some specialized organizations also gather a few hundred participants in their annual meetings. The World Congress usually takes place in the last week of July or first week of August, beginning and ending on a Saturday (8 days in total). For many years ILERA has operated an amateur radio station during the conventions.
Until 1980, meetings were held in Europe and the United States, with the exception of Japan in 1965. Since then, other countries have been Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, South Korea, Australia, Israel, Vietnam and Argentina.
Silvius Brabo [ˈsɪɫviəz ˈbraːboː] is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant, and by this would have created the name Brabant.
Later this story was also used to explain the name Antwerp (meaning hand throwing). Brabo once killed a giant, called Druon Antigoon, who asked money from people who wanted to pass the bridge over the river Scheldt. When they didn't want to or couldn't pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river. Because of this Brabo also removed the hand of the giant, and threw it into the river.
This mythical story is still shown by the statue in front of the Antwerp City Hall.
Item measures 9“ tall by 4“ wide by 3.25 deep and weighs 1lb 14oz.
This bronze sculpture good condition but missing the giants hand that he should have in his right hand as per the original statue and the myth stories (please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description)
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