Item No: frk00323
Title: Birth Certificate (Geburtsschein) for Maria Xander
Fraktur; German script
Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Maria Xander \ Ist Geboren in [blank] Taunschip Lancaster \ Caunty Im Jahr unsers Herrn 1813 \ den 10ten Tag März im Zeichen [blank] \ Maria Xander thu ich mich schreibe \ an Gottes Wort hoffe ich zu \ bleiben und davon nicht zu lauf \ ab biß einer mich legt \ ins kühle \ Grab
Adam und Eva
[on foot of tree]
Maria Xander was born in [blank] Township, Lancaster County, in the year of our Lord 1813, the 10th day of March, in the sign of [blank]. Maria Xander I write my name. I hope to believe in God’s word and not to walk away from it until someone lays me in the cool grave.
Adam and Eve
[on foot of tree]
Birth Certificate (Geburtsschein)
Rare Book Department
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The main text in Fraktur and German script is within a heart in the lower part of the document. Above it are Adam and Eve before the fall. A tree with apples and two birds is between them. A snake is wrapped around its trunk. It is offering an apple to Eve who in turn is offering one to Adam. They are surrounded by various flowers. The entire document is enclosed by a decorative border.
The drawing is copied from popular Adam and Eve broadsides printed in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Judith Tannenbaum, "Connecting Past to Present: Contemporary Artists with Links to Fraktur," in Framing Fraktur: Pennsylvania German Material Culture & Contemporary Art, ed. Judith Tannenbaum (Philadelphia: Free Library of Philadelphia, 2015), published on p. 82 as fig. 70.
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Anonymous - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener