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Celestial Phenomenon Over Nuremberg, April 14th, 1561

- April 14, 2016 in halo, halos, historical sighting of ufos, nuremberg, parhelia, sun dogs, ufo, ufo sightings in history, weather

A woodcut and description of strange UFOs seen in the skies of 16th-century Bavaria.

Celestial Phenomenon Over Nuremberg, April 14th, 1561

- April 14, 2016 in halo, halos, historical sighting of ufos, nuremberg, parhelia, sun dogs, ufo, ufo sightings in history, weather

A woodcut and description of strange UFOs seen in the skies of 16th-century Bavaria.

Celestial Phenomenon Over Nuremberg, April 14th, 1561

- April 14, 2016 in halo, halos, historical sighting of ufos, nuremberg, parhelia, sun dogs, ufo, ufo sightings in history, weather

A woodcut and description of strange UFOs seen in the skies of 16th-century Bavaria.

Radical Fashion from the Schembart Carnival (1590)

- April 11, 2013 in carnival, collections, costume, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, germany, Images, Images-16th, Images-Illumination, Images-People, mardi gras, nuremberg, UCLA Digital Library, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide

Illustrations from a 16th century manuscript detailing the phenomenon of Nuremberg’s Schembart Carnival, (literally “bearded-mask” carnival). Beginning in 1449, the event was popular throughout the 15th century but was ended in 1539 due to the complaints of an influential preacher named Osiander who objected to his effigy being paraded on a float, depicting him playing backgammon surrounded by fools and devils. According to legend, the carnival had its roots in a dance (a “Zämertanz”) which the butchers of Nuremberg were given permission to hold by the Emperor as a reward for their loyalty amid a trade guild rebellion. Over the years the event took on a more subversive tone, evolving to let others take part with elaborate costumes displayed and large ships on runners, known as “Hells”, which were paraded through the streets. After its end, many richly illustrated manuscripts (known as “Schembartbücher”) were made detailing the carnival’s 90 year existence. We are unsure what the flaming “artichokes” are all about, if any one has a clue do let us know in the comments! UPDATE solved – according to Christies: “They brandished lances and bunches of leaves – known as Lebensrute — that concealed fireworks.” UCLA Digital Library Underlying Work: [...]