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Heidelberg. Monkey in the Old Bridge

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Since 1979 there has been a new created sculpture of a monkey, made of bronze, on the Old Bridge of Heidelberg. A monkey as a landmark of the town is said to have been mentioned as early as the 15th century. However, they do not know for sure. Nevertheless, there is an evidence of a monkey as a feature of the town from the 17th century that however was placed on the other site, i.e. not on the Old Bridge. That monkey stood with a mirror in his one hand and touched with the other his backside. He was mentioned in the poem of Martin Zeiller in 1632. Today this poem is still written beneath the new sculpture of the new monkey on the bridge. The initial monkey of the 17th century has been destroyed together with the attached tower. That is why since 1979 a new statue of a monkey has been existed on a new place. The new monkey has a mirror in the one hand like the old one. The other hand is not placed on his backside anymore but forms with the fingers the symbol which should fight off the evil eye. He has a ring on a finger on the hand in which he holds the mirror. The monkey’s head is shaped in such a way that it can be used like a mask.

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Anna & Christian RECK01-Jun-2022 11:01
I like a lot this modern sculpture of monkey and your detailed explanation!! BV. Anna
ralph_s05-Jul-2013 05:07
Interesting sculpture and story
Zoltán Balogh03-Jul-2013 19:21
Superb compo Jose! V
Carol Rollins02-Jul-2013 01:05
Way cool! I like the statue and the information is just great.
janescottcumming02-Jul-2013 00:08
Very interesting information about this unique looking statue.
MarcViskens01-Jul-2013 17:26
great shot José
Stephanie01-Jul-2013 17:15
Such a funny statue! Cute capture Jose! V
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