Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Hamburg
Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

Alter Wall 2
(Ehem. Reichsbank)

Fassadenfiguren der Reichsbank

Façade sculptures of the Imperial Bank

(artist?)
1918

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Description

The building of the former Reichsbank shows eight statues, and several medaillions/coins.

Rathausmarkt façade

In the fronton the coat of arms of the German empire and the text REICHS BANK, below the fronton five figures:

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  1. Fischerei (Fischer) / Fishing (fisherman)
  2. Produzierendes Gewerbe (Schmied) / Manufacturing (blacksmith)
  3. Handel (Kaufmann) / Trade (merchant)
  4. Landwirtschaft (Bauer) / Agriculture (farmer)
  5. Seefahrt (Matrose) / Navigation (sailor)

Entrance Alter Wall

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  1. Wirtschaftsmacht (Merkur) / Economic power (Mercure), accompanied by a putto with a book.
  2. Streitkraft (Ritter mit Schwert) / Force (Knight with sword), accompanied by a putto.

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At the sides of the portal are reliefs with the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Portraits and Coins

On the three façades are medaillons with coins, among them the head side of Prussion coins.

    Alter Wall, eight coins, the 5th and 7th are ornamental:
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  1. Ancient Greek coin: eagle with a snake, no text.
  2. Coin of Athens: the owl of the goddess Athena, and the text ΑΘΕ.
  3. Coin of the Roman empire; The she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, and the text SPQR.
  4. Venetian coin; Lion of St. Mark, circumscribed dvcatvs venetvs 124
  5. Coin of Charlemagne, karolvs imp avg
  6. Augsburg coin, 16th century; Pine cone, circumscribed m d l xi avgvsta vindelicorvm

    Rathausmarkt, six coins, the first and the last are ornamental:
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    Hamburg - Fassadenfiguren der Reichsbank
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  7. Hamburg 'Portugaleser', 1572-80: Coat of arms of Hamburg, circumscribed moneta nova avrea civitatis hamburgensis | nach portvgalis schrot vnd korn
  8. Prussian 2 Mark coin, 1876-1884; Portrait of Wilhelm I, circumscribed wilhelm i deutscher kaiser könig v preussen A.
  9. Prussian 2 Mark coin, 1888; Portrait of Friedrich III, circumscribed friedrich iii deutscher kaiser könig v preussen A.
  10. Prussian 2 Mark coin, 1891-1912; Portrait of Wilhelm II, circumscribed wilhelm ii deutscher kaiser könig v preussen A.

    Kleine Alster, five coins, the 2nd and 3rd are ornamental:
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  11. Coin of Bremen: coat of arms of Bremen (St. Peter's key), circumscribed x grot bremer stad gelt with the date 1654.
  12. Prussian coin, c. 1750; portrait of Friedrich II, circumscribed fridericvs borvssorvm rex
  13. Medieval coin from Lübeck: the Lübeck coat of arms (double headed eagle), circumscribed moneta nova lubicensis

Sculptor

Tags

  • Economy
  • Façade with statues (secular)
  • Farmer
  • Fisherman
  • Frederick II (King of Prussia)
  • Frederick III (emperor)
  • Knight
  • Lion
  • Merchant
  • Mercurius / Hermes
  • Monarch
  • Navigation
  • Owl
  • Sailor
  • Smith
  • Strength (Fortitudo)
  • Trade (allegorical figure)
  • Wilhelm I (emperor)
  • Wilhelm II (emperor)
  • Wolf
  • Zodiac
  • Location N 53°33'4" E 9°59'30"

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