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Location type: Source
Location address: Deutschland, Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis
Number of texts: 1
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Made by | Reference Klaus-Norbert | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

Gerechtigkeitsspirale is a relief carving of a poem at the pilgrimage church of St. Valentin in Kiedrich, in Hesse, Germany. The text is carved in the form of a spiral on the front of one of the pews for the congregation, creating possibly the earliest known shape poem in the German language. The carving is one of several decorative designs on the pews in the church, and was created in 1510 by the master carpenter Erhart Falckener.
The pews, including the spiral of justice, were commissioned by the former minister of Kiedrich, Zweifuss, who also went by the Latin name Bipes. The artist was Erhart Falckener, a master carpenter, who made the relief carving in late Gothic style in 1510. He created a spiral of text surrounded by flower ornaments of acanthus and thistle . The tendrils are stylized and include a caricature in the form of a human face in profile, just above and to the right of the last letter of the word “verlorn” . The church and its late Gothic interior have remained intact over the centuries, a very rare case.

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