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  • Karl Ott. 1916. 

    HOFFNUNG BLÜHT AUS JEDER ÄHR・ (hope flourishes with every ear).  Single-sided cast iron, blackened, 83.2 mm, 93.3 g.  Vorzüglich (extremely fine).

    On center of a grassy ground-line a young woman in a flowing dress kneels facing right, left hand on breast, her right dropped at her side holding a sickle; across upper field a wave of wheat ears arches over her; title legend around upper left rim; double exergue below ground-line: in upper section a column of seven soldiers advances to left, led by a mounted officer and a flag-bearer on foot; in lower section the year date *1916*; artist's signature K∙Ott lower right above exergue; raised rim.

    Cf:Schulman.  1918. La Guerre Européenne, Catalogue LXX, p. 34: 373 (bronze example).
    Cf: Frankenhuis, M.  (1919?). Catalogue of Medals - Medalets and Plaques Relative to the World War 1914 - 1919, p. 113: 871 (described as "Goddess of Harvest").
    Cf: Klose, Dietrich O. A.  2016. Europas Verderben 1914 1918: Deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den Ersten Weltkrieg, p. 286: 23.3 (bronze example).

    This medal, and a companion-piece (see Klose, p. 268: 23.2), express hope for an immanent peace and reunion with loved ones now separated by war.  In the present example, the young woman, her field-work now made necessary by the absence of her man, is overcome with emotion as she looks at the exaggerated waves of wheat, and hand on heart, yearns for the quick and safe return of her husband and the other troops shown below on the Ausmarsch.
Hope flourishes
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Karl Ott. 1916. 

HOFFNUNG BLÜHT AUS JEDER ÄHR・ (hope flourishes with every ear).  Single-sided cast iron, blackened, 83.2 mm, 93.3 g.  Vorzüglich (extremely fine).

On center of a grassy ground-line a young woman in a flowing dress kneels facing right, left hand on breast, her right dropped at her side holding a sickle; across upper field a wave of wheat ears arches over her; title legend around upper left rim; double exergue below ground-line: in upper section a column of seven soldiers advances to left, led by a mounted officer and a flag-bearer on foot; in lower section the year date *1916*; artist's signature K∙Ott lower right above exergue; raised rim.

Cf:Schulman.  1918. La Guerre Européenne, Catalogue LXX, p. 34: 373 (bronze example).
Cf: Frankenhuis, M.  (1919?). Catalogue of Medals - Medalets and Plaques Relative to the World War 1914 - 1919, p. 113: 871 (described as "Goddess of Harvest").
Cf: Klose, Dietrich O. A.  2016. Europas Verderben 1914 1918: Deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den Ersten Weltkrieg, p. 286: 23.3 (bronze example).

This medal, and a companion-piece (see Klose, p. 268: 23.2), express hope for an immanent peace and reunion with loved ones now separated by war.  In the present example, the young woman, her field-work now made necessary by the absence of her man, is overcome with emotion as she looks at the exaggerated waves of wheat, and hand on heart, yearns for the quick and safe return of her husband and the other troops shown below on the Ausmarsch.
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