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    Carl Ebbinghaus.  1917.  ("Germania").  LEBE DROBEN O VATERLAND UND ZAEHLE NICHT DIE TOTEN / DIR IST•LIEBES・NICHT EINER ZUVIEL GEFALLEN • (Live on high, O Fatherland and do not count the dead / For you, dear one, not one too many has fallen. - see below).  Cast iron, blackened, 71.6 mm, 86.1 g.  Gussfrisch (as cast).  Rare.

    Obverse: head and neck profile young woman ("Germania") to left in Stahlhelm and ornamental collar, stylized straight hair cascading beneath helmet; two-line title legend within double bordered bands encircling image; artist's initials C • E lower center outer band; additional lined border within raised rim. 

    Reverse: vertical sword center, point embedded in ground-line; inscribed year date 19 — 17 divided by blade; legend DEN • GEFALLENEN • ZUM • GEDÄCHTNIS • (in memory of the fallen); artist's initials C. E. inscribed below ground-line; lined border within raised rim.

    Cf: Schottmüller, Frieda.  1917.  "Kleinbronzen von Carl Ebbinghaus" in Die Kunst für Alle, 32. Jahrgang 1916 / 1917, Heft 11 / 12, März 1917, pp. 216 - 225 ( also as online resource: https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kfa1916_1917/0239/scroll).  Although the present medal is neither described nor illustrated, p. 221 shows a selection of medals, including one of smaller format depicting a woman's profile head in wreathed Stahlhelm labeled GERMANIA, from which it can be inferred that the present medal is another treatment of the same subject.  P. 222 also illustrates a three-dimensional iron head of Germania in Stahlhelm.

    Title legend from last stanza of Friedrich Hölderlin's ode Der Tod fürs Vaterland (Death for the Fatherland), 1796:

    "Und Siegesboten kommen herab: Die Schlacht
    Ist unser! Lebe droben, o Vaterland,
    Und zähle nicht die Toten! Dir ist,
    Liebes! nicht Einer zu viel gefallen."

    (And heralds of victory descend: The battle is ours!  Live on high, O Fatherland,and do not count the dead! For you,dear one! not one too many has fallen.)

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Carl Ebbinghaus.  1917.  ("Germania").  LEBE DROBEN O VATERLAND UND ZAEHLE NICHT DIE TOTEN / DIR IST•LIEBES・NICHT EINER ZUVIEL GEFALLEN • (Live on high, O Fatherland and do not count the dead / For you, dear one, not one too many has fallen. - see below).  Cast iron, blackened, 71.6 mm, 86.1 g.  Gussfrisch (as cast).  Rare.

Obverse: head and neck profile young woman ("Germania") to left in Stahlhelm and ornamental collar, stylized straight hair cascading beneath helmet; two-line title legend within double bordered bands encircling image; artist's initials C • E lower center outer band; additional lined border within raised rim. 

Reverse: vertical sword center, point embedded in ground-line; inscribed year date 19 — 17 divided by blade; legend DEN • GEFALLENEN • ZUM • GEDÄCHTNIS • (in memory of the fallen); artist's initials C. E. inscribed below ground-line; lined border within raised rim.

Cf: Schottmüller, Frieda.  1917.  "Kleinbronzen von Carl Ebbinghaus" in Die Kunst für Alle, 32. Jahrgang 1916 / 1917, Heft 11 / 12, März 1917, pp. 216 - 225 ( also as online resource: https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kfa1916_1917/0239/scroll).  Although the present medal is neither described nor illustrated, p. 221 shows a selection of medals, including one of smaller format depicting a woman's profile head in wreathed Stahlhelm labeled GERMANIA, from which it can be inferred that the present medal is another treatment of the same subject.  P. 222 also illustrates a three-dimensional iron head of Germania in Stahlhelm.

Title legend from last stanza of Friedrich Hölderlin's ode Der Tod fürs Vaterland (Death for the Fatherland), 1796:

"Und Siegesboten kommen herab: Die Schlacht
Ist unser! Lebe droben, o Vaterland,
Und zähle nicht die Toten! Dir ist,
Liebes! nicht Einer zu viel gefallen."

(And heralds of victory descend: The battle is ours!  Live on high, O Fatherland,and do not count the dead! For you,dear one! not one too many has fallen.)

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