The 28 statues were originally supposed to number 40. The plans provided for the tomb monument of Maximilian I to be flanked by a total of 40 bronze statues. The figures represent ancestors, predecessors, and role models. 100 smaller bronze figures were supposed to symbolise the Habsburg dynasty. Even though the tomb remains unfinished, the 28 larger-than-life statutes of the Black Mander are more than impressive.