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photoblog image Huckepackfiguren/ piggyback figures

Huckepackfiguren/ piggyback figures

 

spotted in Frankenberg at the Eder river/Hesse at the Town Hall (wooden: left and right), carved by the artist Phillip Soldan in the 16th century, and in the Notre Dame Chapel, carved by Tyle von Frankenberg, 1370 - 1380.

The meaning of the wooden figures is still questioned - the left figure could depict a funny scene: The upper figure makes loud bagpipe music, the lower one says "Stop, stop it" - the right figure could symbolise the difficult relationship between the old and young generation, the old man on the shoulder of the young one says "Stop, stop".

 

In the central picture a devil could sit on the shoulder of a man while teasing and riding him. You might have your own interpretation! We know in German the phrases "einen Schalk im Nacken haben" (he has a waggish sense of humour/ he is a real teaser) and "der Teufel reitet mich" (the devil rides me) that could be visualised here.

 

Next week I'll show the special building of the Town Hall.

 

 

Huckepackfiguren/ piggyback figures

 

spotted in Frankenberg at the Eder river/Hesse at the Town Hall (wooden: left and right), carved by the artist Phillip Soldan in the 16th century, and in the Notre Dame Chapel, carved by Tyle von Frankenberg, 1370 - 1380.

The meaning of the wooden figures is still questioned - the left figure could depict a funny scene: The upper figure makes loud bagpipe music, the lower one says "Stop, stop it" - the right figure could symbolise the difficult relationship between the old and young generation, the old man on the shoulder of the young one says "Stop, stop".

 

In the central picture a devil could sit on the shoulder of a man while teasing and riding him. You might have your own interpretation! We know in German the phrases "einen Schalk im Nacken haben" (he has a waggish sense of humour/ he is a real teaser) and "der Teufel reitet mich" (the devil rides me) that could be visualised here.

 

Next week I'll show the special building of the Town Hall.

 

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Jan 2018, 01:01
Many interpretations are possible, Philine, but I am entertained by yours.
Philine: Many thanks, Ray!
I like these--they lend themselves to multiple interpretations...
Philine: You are right, Larry, many thanks! Some people have to carry a heavy burden whtever this may be- also an interpretation. Many thanks!
These are certainly new to me!! Great montage, Philine!
Philine: Many thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Jan 2018, 06:08
Je ne connaissais pas ce genre de sculptures. Elles sont drôles.
Philine: Il n'y a pas beaucoup de cettes sculptures en Allemagne. Merci bien, Martine!
I have a feeling this is pure German art, Philine, because I've never seen it here in the Netherlands!
Philine: In medieval art you can see the disciples standing on the shoulders of the prophets. Heel bedankt, Ginnie!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jan 2018, 06:56
I like your interpretation of each scene. I can imagine that the carrier on the left may not like bagpipe music (i prefer a band of players rather than a single bagpipe) and the figure on the right look to be weighed down but such a heavy burden, perhaps figuratively, too.
Philine: Yes, some people feel to be weighed down by a heavy burden whatever this might be. Many thanks, Alan!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 Jan 2018, 07:47
I think in the middle image it is an angel descending to touch or affect the innocent man. Maybe some sort of blessing or inspiration?
Philine: This is a nice thought of you, but I am sure that it is a devil who is pinching the man. Many thanks, Chris!
THey are fascinating figures Philine and they do make you wonder what the message was
Philine: There are some different interpretations possible, funny and serious ones. Many thanks, Bill!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Jan 2018, 09:48
A very strange series and rather concerning Philine. It is as if they are implying that we carry other people, or the devil, as a burden.
Philine: Yes, some people have the feeling to carry a heavy burden on their shoulders. Many thanks, Chad!
They are certainly amusing to look at. I like the two that depict tickling of the ears.
Philine: I like also the tickling of the ears. We have a similar phrase in German. Many thanks, Mary!
Quite entertaing characters aren't they.
Philine: Yes, entertaining and thoughtprovoking, many thanks, Brian!
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Jan 2018, 17:21
Very interesting figures, the left ones could be brothers, they have the same look in their faces. The right one must be father and son, who says `ich doin´, I don´t know what he means by that. the devil in teh middle holds the ears exactly the same as the father his son, maybe a kind of punishment?
Philine: I find your interpreatation very interesting, and I think also of "a kind of punishment". "ich doin" might say "Ich tue". Heel bedankt, Salima! Frankenberg is a picturesque town in Hesse.
it is all very interesting Philine... thanks for the explanations of the three sculptures in this collage....petersmile

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