Catalog No. 1283
Pottery, relief, 1.0L, figural lid (Loreley), signed “KB”.
“Die schönste Jungfrau sitzet dort oben wunderbar,
ihr goldenes Geschmeide blitzet, sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar.
Den Schiffer im kleinen Schiffe ergreift es mit wildem Weh;
er schaut nicht die Felsenriffe, er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh’.”
(The loveliest maiden is sitting up there delightfully,
her golden jewelry flashing, she combs her golden hair.
The boatman in his little skiff is seized with a wild ache,
he doesn’t see the rocky reefs, he looks only at the heights.)
The Loreley is a mythical nymph who is said to have once sat on a summit above the Rhine river singing songs and tempting boatmen to potential disaster on the rocks below with her haunting music and stunning beauty. Text is from the second and third stanzas of the poem “Loreleylied” (Loreley Song), written by Heinrich Heine in 1823 and set to music in 1838 by Friedrich Silcher.