Emil Doepler 1905 Art Nouveau IDISE German Tile Plaque
Emil Doepler 1905 Art Nouveau IDISE German Tile Plaque
Emil Doepler 1905 Art Nouveau IDISE German Tile Plaque
Emil Doepler 1905 Art Nouveau IDISE German Tile Plaque
Emil Doepler 1905 Art Nouveau IDISE German Tile Plaque
Emil Doepler 1905 Art Nouveau IDISE German Tile Plaque
Emil Doepler 1905 Art Nouveau IDISE German Tile Plaque
Emil Doepler 1905 Art Nouveau IDISE German Tile Plaque

Emil Doepler 1905 Art Nouveau IDISE German Tile Plaque

c. 1905 Germany

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This colourful well-made plaque depicts a scene from German mythology after a painting by Emil Doepler 1905.
I purchased this lovely piece in Germany, it comes from a collection that was damaged during Allied bombing in WWII. There are burn marks to the reverse of the original oak frame, a faint hairline and some crazing to the plaque, all this is virtually unnoticeable when on the wall.
A lovely classic piece of Art Nouveau

Size: 29.5cm by 29.5cm
There are burn marks to the reverse of the original oak frame, a faint hairline and some crazing to the plaque, all this is virtually unnoticeable when on the wall.
I purchased this lovely piece in Germany, it comes from a collection that was damaged during Allied bombing in WWII.
In Germanic mythology an idis (Old Saxon, plural idisi) is a divine female being. Idis is cognate to Old High German it is and Old English ides, meaning 'well-respected and dignified woman.' Connections have been assumed or theorized between the idisi and the North Germanic disir; female beings associated with fate, as well as the amended place name Idistaviso.

The idisi mentioned in the first Merseburg Incantation are generally considered to be valkyries. Rudolf Simek says that "these Idisi are obviously a kind of valkyrie, as these also have the power to hamper enemies in Norse mythology" and points to a connection with the valkyrie name Herfjotur (Old Norse "army-fetter"). Hilda Ellis Davidson compares the incantation to the Old English Wio foerstice charm, and theorizes a similar role for them both.

Simek says that the West Germanic term Idisi (Old Saxon idis, Old High German itis, Anglo-Saxon ides) refers to a "dignified, well respected woman (married or unmarried), possibly a term for any woman, and therefore glosses exactly Latin matrona " and that a link to the North Germanic term dísir is reasonable to assume, yet that it is not undisputed. In addition, the place name Idisiaviso (meaning "plain of the Idisi") where forces commanded by Arminius fought those commanded by Germanicus at the Battle of the Weser River 16 CE. Simek points to a connection between name Idisiaviso, the role of the Idisi in one of the two Merseburg Incantations, and Valkyries.

Dimensions
Height 29.50 cm (11.61 inches)
Width 29.50 cm (11.61 inches)
Medium
Ceramic
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IDISE
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