Yes, I know. Not very pretty. Clearly a Napoleon image knock off.
Worse still. It is a get well card from the 50's.
As a means of introducing this interesting and complex piece, l shall first present my conclusion; namely, that this sculpted and jeweled piece of artwork is a “talisman” or “good luck charm” as we might call it today. It was created by Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous Emperor of the French. Napoleon spent a considerable amount of time planning the intricate design of the jewels that compose the base of this sphinx. The jewels are arranged in a secret code that reflects Napoleon’s love for his wife, Josephine, and his successful military and political career.