Catalog No. 2755
Pottery relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Gruss v. Drachenfels.”
(Greetings from Dragon’s Rock.)
“Auf frohes Wiedersehen.”
(To a happy reunion.)
“Wisst ihr wo die Linde stand,
jedem Burschen wohlbekannt,
zu Godesberg am Rheine!”
(Do you know where the Linden stands,
every fellow knows well,
at Godesberg on the Rhine!)
Drachenfels (Dragon’s Rock) is a mountain in the Siebengebirge range and the site of three German legends. One tells a story in which the hero Siegfried comes upon pagan peasants about to sacrifice a virgin to the dragon, so he slays the dragon and saves the maiden from her fate. In another, the sacrificial virgin (a Christian), stops the dragon in his tracks by showing it her crucifix and later goes on to convert the pagan village to Christianity. In a third, the dragon attacks a boat carrying a cargo of gunpowder, causing an explosion that kills the dragon.
Third text string is from a poem “Die Lindenwirtin,” written by Rudolph Baumbach in 1876 and set to music in 1878 by Franz Wilhelm Abt, honoring Ännchen Schumacher (1860-1935), an inkeeper in Bad Godesberg, a village on the Rhine from which Drachenfels may be viewed.