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Fraktur: "Hier ist mein herze hand und mund...(Here are my heart, hand, and mouth . . .)", Prayer
Date: 1822
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Medium: Gouache, brown ink, and watercolor on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 7 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. ( 19 x 13.7 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Fraktur: Vertical rectangular sheet with handwritten German text enclosed between red and yellow pillars at lower center; arch shape above enclosing a pentagon within a triangle, with yellow, red, dark and light blue sections.
Credit Line: Elie Nadelman, Museum of Folk Arts, Riverdale-on-Hudson, Bronx, New York
Object Number: 1937.1807
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Inscribed: Signed and inscribed in German at lower center in brown ink: "Hier ist mein herze hand und / mund di's soll bis ich erkalte / das was ich jetzt gelernet hab' / in reiner treu behalten weg / fleisches lust weg Eitelkeit an / lernen hab ich meine freud, bis / soll mir sein ergeben bis ich / einmahl aus dieser welt hinfahre / in das himmels zert in jenes / bes're leben / Jacob Währ" Inscribed in another hand at lower right in brown ink: "In the / year 1822"

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The Pennsylvania Germans practiced a manuscript art called Frakturschrift or Zierschrift in German ("fraktur" in museum and collecting terminology). This art form, combining calligraphy with decorative motifs in ink and watercolor, was produced widely in Pennsylvania and in German settlements in other states from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century.