C1798

[Costume The Schembart Carnival ]

Rare early German lithograph of a costumed figure for The Schembart Carnival. The Schembart Carnival was a pre-Lenten festival held in Nuremberg from the late 14th century until it was ended in 1539. “Shembart” means “beardmask,” and refers to the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Costume The Schembart Carnival ]

Date:

C1798

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

Some faint spotting, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph with original gouache hand colouring.

Paper Size: 

205mm 
x 320mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Costume The Schembart Carnival ] - Antique Print from 1798

Genuine antique
dated:

1798

Description:

Rare early German lithograph of a costumed figure for The Schembart Carnival.

The Schembart Carnival was a pre-Lenten festival held in Nuremberg from the late 14th century until it was ended in 1539. “Shembart” means “beardmask,” and refers to the wooden beards often worn as part of the elaborate costumes in the parade. The tradition began has a reward for butchers who backed the City Council during a 1348 revolt of trade guilds. The butchers were granted the right to perform a Shrovetide dance through the city center, with the path for the dancers cleared by a procession of masked men. Over time, the elite began to pay for the right to participate in the procession, and the costuming grew ever-more elaborate, with extravagant horse-drawn floats called “Hells.” It was finally ended where a preacher complained of his depiction in an effigy showing him holding a backgammon board (a common gambling game) and cavorting with demons and fools. The costumes became a popular subject for artists and numerous color illustrations were produced after the tradition ended.

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