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In the mid-1950s, Manuel Izquierdo launched his series of warrior figures, presented individually or, as here, in a group. Like the shepherds, warriors preoccupied Izquierdo's imagination for years to come; he created many variations of the type throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In warriors and shepherds, he identified contrasting embodiments of responsible action-aggressive and defending on the one hand, protective and nurturing on the other. He seemed to recognize in these contrasting types the roles that had been pressed upon him as the guardian of his younger siblings in war-time Europe.