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Death on the lion

Details

Thomas Teichmann (?)

Central Franconia, 1513

Limewood, iron, traces of polychromy

H. 143.5 cm

Assigned from the former convent at Heilsbronn in 1866

Inv. No. MA 3450

Gallery 15

Sculpture, Clocks and Scientific Instruments

Gothic

Description

This figure once was the crowning feature of a monumental clock which originally stood in the church choir of Heilsbronn Abbey. On the hour, with a bone, Death struck the bell in the lion's neck, reminding the faithful of the transience of all earthly things. Remains of the iron mechanism that once controlled the movement of Death's jaw and right arm as well as the lion's tongue have been preserved inside the figure.

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