Associated since antiquity with military victories, the bird of Jupiter leaning on lightning became the emblem of the First Empire after having been that of imperial Rome.
Like the signs of the Roman armies, Napoleon had an eagle, a traditional symbol of heraldry, placed at the top of the flagpole of his regiments.
Length: 1.4 cm
Width: 1.6 cm
Material: Gold plated
Artist: Pierre Philippe Thomire (1751-1843), based on the drawing by Antoine Denis Chaudet (1763-1810)
Museum: Isle of Aix - Napoleonic Museum and African Museum