Catalog No. 350
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 2.0L, pewter lid, body configuration varies.
“Frisch, Fromm, Fröh, Frei
(Fresh, Pious, Happy, Free)
“Darum frei, Turnerei stets gepriesen sei.”
(May being free and gymnastics always be praised.)
“Es lebe die Turnerei.” (some recessed base examples)
(Long live gymnastics.)
Text beginning with “Darum frei” is from the first stanza of a poem and later a folk song entitled “Turners Wanderfahrt” (Gymnast’s Journey) by Hans Ferdinand Massman (1797-1874). The central image depicts Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778-1852), or “Turnvater Jahn”, who is credited with responsibility for the rebirth of gymnastics in Germany during the early 19th century, and for development of gymnastics equipment such as the parallel bars and pommel horse.