Catalog No. 553
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Frisch der Sinn, fromm der Herz, froh der Muth, Freiheit höchstes Gut!”
(Fresh the spirit, pious the heart, glad the courage, freedom the highest good!)
“Gesunder Körper, gesunder Geist, des Turners Ziel u. Streben heisst.”
(Healthy body, healthy spirit, the gymnast’s goal and aspiration.)
The “4F” symbol in the central image (lower right) represents a movement begun by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778-1852), or “Turnvater Jahn”, who is credited with responsibility for organizing the first gymnastics clubs (Turn Vereine) in Germany during the early 19th century. The four Fs stand for “Frisch, Fromm, Fröhlich, Frei” (Fresh, Pious, Happy, Free).