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How to describe this wierdness!?

It is a plaque on red printed wood with the image of Napolean lifting the frock of a lady who could be no one but Josephine. Next to it is the "ACTUAL" (not really) hand, made of hollow plastic and life size. Slightly risque and perfectly delightful.

"One of those poses is the “hiding of the hand”. I remember my history teacher trying to explain why Napoleon was often shown with a hand inside his shirt. The rational, general public explanation went along those lines:
“Many theories have been presented as to why Napoleon is traditionally depicted with his hand in his waistcoat. Some of these theories include: that he had a stomach ulcer, he was winding his watch, he had an itchy skin disease, that in his era it was impolite to put your hands in your pockets, he had breast cancer, he had a deformed hand, he kept a perfumed sachet in his vest that he’d sniff surreptitiously, and that painters don’t like to paint hands”
-Tom Holmberg

Most scholars believe it's a masonic signal, yet I doubt the maker of this fine piece of historical satire agrees.

The entire plaque is 7 3/4" tall x 8 1/2 wide.

The off center hole balances the piece perfectly when hung. Perfect condition.

If you are ordering more than one item from the store, please convo me and I will be happy to give you the exact amount for shipping.

Besos, Lizzie

Esta la mano oculta de Napoleon- Hidden Hand of Napoleon- risque


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: plastic, wood
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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