Although the musket was increasingly being used, the pike remained a central and formidable weapon of the period of the English Civil War, in England as well as Europe. Often units of pikemen were used alongside musketeer units to procide them with protection, especially when reloading.
This bust is of a soldier who would have wielded a pike and is wearing the common breastplate and metal helmet. the sash he is wearing indicates that he is an officer, although wearing a breast plate he would have been a junior officer in the thick of the fighting.
The pose captures him while shouting a command.
He could also represent a pike wielding soldier of any country during that the period.
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The bust consists of four parts: torso with head, helmet, arm and pedestal.