In the spirit of Page 23 i'll quote a book, you guess the book and/or the author.
Very large bronze statues that move are symbols of wealth, income, and the acquisition of bronze because of the movement of the bronze. But statues that are exceedingly large, however they move, portend fears and extraordinary dangers. For their movement is fearsome and naturally strikes terror into those who see it. But statues made of stone or of any other material should be interpreted by the same standards used to interpret the statues of the gods. Furthermore, the statues represent the leading men in the city. Whatever the statues do, therefore, or whatever happens to them determines what will happen to the leaders of the city or what they themselves will do.