Oooh, now you've done it...Looks like I will need to buy some of these 18th Century figures and make an army of Irish, of course using the excuse that the Rebellion of 1641 was successful and a new nation arose: The United Provences of Erin (since the rallying cry was "Bona na croin", meaning "Neither collar nor crown"
An Irish Wolf, holding and Irish Hilt sword in its jaws, with the collar of slavery broken and the English Crown trampled and broken under its paw, done in a traditional Celtic knotwork style.
Here is the Poem it came from (sorce en.allexperts.com Medieval section):
Bona na Croin
"Neither your collar nor crown Shall I wear ~ my nose not brown, Nor I some clown in your court, In chains brought ~ a wolf to town.
By no oath bound to your King, To my Gods alone I sing, Grey shadow hiding from sight To keep the rite from waning.
In red gold you dress these slaves, What throne can forget Nine Waves? In deep caves our flame I shield, Never to yield to such knaves.
Collars serve to reign dogs in, Quell their nerve with shades and sin. Wild wolf’s kin such bangles scorn, Free-born I stay, son of Fionn.
My brothers hunted, slain, skinned. Yet still my cries ride the wind, Numbers thinned, but still we wait, For your hate, we have not sinned.
Now the lone hunters take heed, Upon the Great Stag we feed, Blood for mead. His death our life, Ends this strife, stirs this dried seed.
The old packs come together, Ties that fear cannot sever, Endeavour in pride to stand In the Wolf Land, forever."
~this is the poem it came from, im not sure of the author but its meaning is defiance to the English rule in Ireland.
Like the author of the piece above, i also do not know who originally wrote the poem, as it was likely published unsigned.