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WWII THIRD REICH AHNENERBE TAPESTRY IRMINSUL
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Third Reich Germany custom made re creation of Ahnenerbe tapestry with Irminsul measuring 74 inches by 54 inches made of 100 percent American made, machine washable cotton and includes four different types of stitching and threads, it is not a print on fabric. The original tapestry was found to have been designed by professor and Oberführer-SS Karl Diebitsch and constructed by his sister Else Seifert. This piece was commissioned based on the original.The words that are seen top and bottom of the tapestry are “Kein Volk lebt länger als die Dokumente seiner Kultur”–“No people live longer than the documentation of their culture.” This statement was pronounced by Adolf Hitler on the occasion of the opening of the Munich art museum Haus der Deutschen Kunst on 18 July 1937. Karl Diebitsch knew that no more fitting words could ever be more appropriate for this Ahnenerbe tapestry and for its central motif he chose the Irminsul. This was a sacred pillar-like object that played an important role in the Germanic paganism of the Saxon people. It represented the Saxon Tree of Life that held up the circumpolar stars and the immortals of the heavens—the stars that kept time for the ancients and is represented in all Caucasian tribes from the Teutons, Celts, Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. The swastika, was one of our oldest Aryan symbols. This sacred Irminsul was said to have been at the top of the Extersteine near Detmold, Germany. This is a very famous rock formation that magnificently and mysteriously juts up from the ground, and was a place of worship for the ancient Teutons. Ahnenerbe archaeologist Wilhelm Teudt in 1929, interpreted much in his studies about the connection between the Irminsul and the Extersteine. In 1934 and 1935, the SS Ahnenerbe undertook extensive fieldwork in an attempt to uncover material evidence of the use of the Extersteine as a place of pagan worship. The rocks came to have great spiritual meaning to the SS in general and many SS sponsored trips by German citizens were offered, and certain reenactments and SS ceremonies were held there. On the area considered the front of the rock formations can be seen a Christian relief carved into the rocks and dated to the early ninth century. It is a crucifixion scene. If one looks closely at Nicodemus as he helps to lift the crucified Jesus from the cross he seems to have stood on the bent Irminsul as a symbol of triumphant victory for Christianity. The artist K. Diebitsch and Wolfram Sievers, who was the managing director of the Ahnenerbe and rose to rank of SS-Standartenführer, decided to reerect the Irminsul in keeping with their immense interest in bringing the past to the present and the future. The Irminsul became the official seal of the Deutsches Ahnenerbe.This lot has a reserve.
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WWII THIRD REICH AHNENERBE TAPESTRY IRMINSUL

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2370: WWII THIRD REICH AHNENERBE TAPESTRY IRMINSUL

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Third Reich Germany custom made re creation of Ahnenerbe tapestry with Irminsul measuring 74 inches by 54 inches made of 100 percent American made, machine washable cotton and includes four different types of stitching and threads, it is not a print on fabric. The original tapestry was found to have been designed by professor and Oberführer-SS Karl Diebitsch and constructed by his sister Else Seifert. This piece was commissioned based on the original.The words that are seen top and bottom of the tapestry are “Kein Volk lebt länger als die Dokumente seiner Kultur”–“No people live longer than the documentation of their culture.” This statement was pronounced by Adolf Hitler on the occasion of the opening of the Munich art museum Haus der Deutschen Kunst on 18 July 1937. Karl Diebitsch knew that no more fitting words could ever be more appropriate for this Ahnenerbe tapestry and for its central motif he chose the Irminsul. This was a sacred pillar-like object that played an important role in the Germanic paganism of the Saxon people. It represented the Saxon Tree of Life that held up the circumpolar stars and the immortals of the heavens—the stars that kept time for the ancients and is represented in all Caucasian tribes from the Teutons, Celts, Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. The swastika, was one of our oldest Aryan symbols. This sacred Irminsul was said to have been at the top of the Extersteine near Detmold, Germany. This is a very famous rock formation that magnificently and mysteriously juts up from the ground, and was a place of worship for the ancient Teutons. Ahnenerbe archaeologist Wilhelm Teudt in 1929, interpreted much in his studies about the connection between the Irminsul and the Extersteine. In 1934 and 1935, the SS Ahnenerbe undertook extensive fieldwork in an attempt to uncover material evidence of the use of the Extersteine as a place of pagan worship. The rocks came to have great spiritual meaning to the SS in general and many SS sponsored trips by German citizens were offered, and certain reenactments and SS ceremonies were held there. On the area considered the front of the rock formations can be seen a Christian relief carved into the rocks and dated to the early ninth century. It is a crucifixion scene. If one looks closely at Nicodemus as he helps to lift the crucified Jesus from the cross he seems to have stood on the bent Irminsul as a symbol of triumphant victory for Christianity. The artist K. Diebitsch and Wolfram Sievers, who was the managing director of the Ahnenerbe and rose to rank of SS-Standartenführer, decided to reerect the Irminsul in keeping with their immense interest in bringing the past to the present and the future. The Irminsul became the official seal of the Deutsches Ahnenerbe.This lot has a reserve.

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