Brain vs Body

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue June. 29, 2018 2157 views

The Brothers Grimm wrote down some fairy tales in Low German (Plattdeutsch). This West Germanic language is spoken in northern Germany and it’s hard to understand and to read, if not used to it. One of this Low German tales it's like an Aesopian fable. It tells the story of a hare and a hedgehog (Low German: De Has un de Swinegel, German: Der Hase und der Igel).

Once upon a time noble and self-righteous hare met an unhurried and jovial hedgehog. He makes fun of the hedgehog's short and twisted legs. The hedgehog smiled and said, that he could be faster than the hare. He lured the hare into a bet about a bottle of brandy and a golden coin (Lujedor = Louis d'or). The hedgehog and his wife developed a good plan. In the next morning the races started. Mr Hedgehog never run more than a couple of steps. The hedgehog's similar looking wife waited for the hare at the end of the field. Every time the hare came to the end of the field either Mr. Hedgehog or Mrs. Hedgehog called "I'm already here!" (Low German: Ick bün al hier! German: Ich bin schon hier!). The hare tried again and again until he died of exhaustion.

I love this tale since childhood, because a intelligent brain wins over a trained body. When I found this tiny box on a flea market it was a "must have – must buy". Im a little bit obsessed about boxes since I own the treasure chest of my great-granny.

Sadly I couldn't discover anything about the object. I speculated about matches, gift box, tobacco and more, but there is no hint. It's clean and doesn't smell. I'm sure it's old and not a newly made object. The story was first published in different publications in the 1840s. The tale was very popular in the 19th century – still is. Figurines, illustrations, postcards and photographs like the well known photo from the fairy ball (Joseph Albert, 1862) and more were produced. I'm almost sure the unused box is from this period of time.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

Kool little box! I love antique treasures like these. Love the caption, as always!

 I fly to Texas, for a month, so I may be pretty 
"spotty" in my PB postings, responses & comments. I'll "chime in" 
when I can. Have a great Summer!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

Have a nice trip and don't forget to blog once in a while! wink

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks, Sis!
I'll "chime in" when I can!
Cheers!

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 4 months ago

Know the story well. Intetesting object.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 4 months ago

thumbsup

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

What a neat box ( now that I know the story behind it) and what an interesting as you said Aesop(ian) story. Thanks for sharing. Always an inspirationsmile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks! blush
Sometimes you will get the biggest fun for the tiniest amount of money!

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David Swatton 1 year, 4 months ago

I wonder if it was intended to be a snuff box - looks about the right size?

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 1 year, 4 months ago

It was my first thought too, but it was never used - therefore I'm not sure about it.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

I love the way you are always able to contextualize your pictures. We always learn something. Thanks Sigrid

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks! blush

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