Catalog No. 1337
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Kraft u. Gewandtheit, ein stark’ Geschlecht,
ehrend was groß u. edel u. recht,
das pflegt die Turnkunst, u.’s Vaterland spricht:
Schwächling u. Feigling, sie dienen mir nicht!”
(Power and agility, a strong race,
honoring what is important and excellent and just,
this is cultivated by gymnastics, and the fatherland says:
weaklings and cowards don’t serve me!)
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778-1852), or “Turnvater Jahn”, is credited with responsibility for the rebirth of gymnastics in Germany during the early 19th century, and with organizing the first German gymnastics clubs (Turn Vereine), represented by the “4F” symbol above the central image. The four Fs stand for “Frisch, Fromm, Fröhlich, Frei” (Fresh, Pious, Happy, Free).