“Ah! My Knee!”

The emperor, being in a good mood, invited a peasant to ask him any question he desired.

“What,” inquired the peasant, “is your favourite body part?”

The emperor circumspectly intoned, “My knee!”

That is why the revolutionaries severed it from his leg and mounted it here, on this pedestal, in 1747.

This story is based on a title suggested by @Graham_LRR.

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