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For Imperialist propaganda purposes maybe?
I mean for a start, it looks painfully obvious that the inspiration for this pose was Michelangelo Buonarroti’s Pieta sculpture.
Origin of the term Pieta:
"It was associated by Romans with the duty humans owed their gods".