Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Bückeburg
Lkr. Schaumburg

Niedersachsen

Schloßplatz
(Schloßhof)

Tugendbrunnen

Virtues Fountain


1552

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Description

Marble and sandstone fountain in the centre of the castle courtyard. The fountain constists of a basin, carried by six columns standing on lions.
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The edge of the basin has the text in gilded letters the name of the founder:

VON GODES GENADEN OTTO GRAVE THO HOLSTIN VND SCHOMBORGH VND STERENBARGE HERE THO GEMEN 1552
(Otto IV. von Holstein-Schaumburg, 1517-1576).

In the center is a column, with

  1. on top a statue of Lady Justice with sword and scales. Under her, the column is circumscribed:
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    BOT DILIGITE IVSTICIA Q IVDICATIS TERRA SENTITE DE DNO I

  2. in the center the coat-of-arms of count Otto IV and the combined coat-of-arms of ?
    with between them a female figures representing the sun and the moon.
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    Graf Otto IV
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    Sonne
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    Mond

  3. in the lower part arches with reliefs of the four virtues
    1. SPES - Hoffnung / Hope,
    2. CHARITAS - Liebe / Charity,
    3. FORTITVDO - - Tapferkeit / Strength,
    4. FIDES - Glaube / Faith,
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      Hoffnung
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      Liebe
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      Tapferkeit
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      Glaube

Annotation

The fountain was in 1552 built for the inner courtyard of the castle of Stadthagen, and is in 1920 replaced to Bückeburg.

Tags

  • Charity (Charitas)
  • Coat of arms
  • Faith (Fides)
  • Fountain
  • Hope (Spes)
  • Justice (Justitia)
  • Lion
  • Moon
  • Strength (Fortitudo)
  • Sun
  • Virtues
  • Locatie (N 52°15'32" - E 9°2'39")

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    Item Code: dens182; Photograph: 4 April 2014
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