|Funeral monument of Daniele Manin, Piazzetta dei Leoncini.|
|Funeral Monument of Daniele Manin, Piazzetta dei Leoncini|
|Fasces on the sarcophagus of Daniele Manin, Piazzetta dei Leoncini|
|The return of Daniele Manin's ashes to Venice|
The sarcophagus, which was designed by Luigi Borro, rests on four bronze lions. On its lid an open book is propped up against a set of fasces. In Venice, the lions come as no surprise, but why the fasces?
Etruscan in origin, the fasces were a bundle of wooden rods and an axe, which were tied together with strips of red leather. In ancient Rome, the fasces symbolised the power of the magistrates and were carried in procession by the lictors. The fasces were also the origin of the name of the Italian Fascist Party.