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Monday, May 19, 2008

Ehret die frauen

Marianne Stokes (1855-1927)/ Morris and Company (Merton Abbey)
Ehret die Frauen (Honour the Women) 1912
Tapestry 174 x 256 cm
Whitworth Art Gallery , Manchester



The theme is inspired by Friedrich von Schiller's 1796 poem Wurde der frauen (Woman's worth).

A group of figures represents (from left to right): Courage, Caring, Love, Wisdom and Fidelity.

The verse, designed in gothic type, reads:

Ehret die frauen sie flechten und meben • himmlische rosen ins irdische leben

(Honour the women, thy wife and weave heavenly roses into earthly life).