Superb Re-creation of the Famed Ahnenerbe Tapestry with Irminsul
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DESCRIPTION: Here we proudly present a fantastic replica of the tapestry that hung in the foyer of the Ahnenerbe-Stiftung Verlag in Berlin. This was the ancestral heritage institution that was the pet project of SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler. Established by Himmler in 1935, this was an academy and society concerned with prehistory. See on our site the SS-Ahnenerbe ring and the Third Reich Ahnenerbe section AHN1-1. This was certainly the most-learned group within the National Socialist structure. Its members studied all the beginnings and ancient culture of the Teutonic people and kindred races. Among expeditions of Ahnenerbe personnel that were conducted were trips to Tibet and other far-off lands. The original tapestry was found to have been designed by professor and Oberführer-SS Karl Diebitsch and constructed by his sister Else Seifert. Much about Herr Diebitsch can be seen by going to Wikipedia and you can also go to our site and see original tapestries by Diebitsch and others by going to the Third Reich section and then to the subject SS and N.S. tapestries. Having owned the original of this tapestry we at Germania became rather enamored with it and the importance of it so we decided to commission a replica of it and that is what we presently offer. The piece came out in superlative form; the only difference, of course, is size and the copy has fringes all around the edges.
The Tapestry and the Irminsul
The words that are seen top and bottom of the tapestry are “Kein Volk lebt länger als die Dokumente seiner Kultur”–“No people live longer than the documentation of their culture.” This statement was pronounced by Adolf Hitler on the occasion of the opening of the Munich art museum Haus der Deutschen Kunst on 18 July 1937. Karl Diebitsch knew that no more fitting words could ever be more appropriate for this Ahnenerbe tapestry and for its central motif he chose the Irminsul. This was a sacred pillar-like object that played an important role in the Germanic paganism of the Saxon people. It represented the Saxon Tree of Life that held up the circumpolar stars and the immortals of the heavens—the stars that kept time for the ancients and is represented in all Caucasian tribes from the Teutons, Celts, Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. The swastika, was one of our oldest Aryan symbols. This sacred Irminsul was said to have been at the top of the Extersteine near Detmold, Germany. This is a very famous rock formation that magnificently and mysteriously juts up from the ground, and was a place of worship for the ancient Teutons. Ahnenerbe archaeologist Wilhelm Teudt in 1929, interpreted much in his studies about the connection between the Irminsul and the Extersteine. In 1934 and 1935, the SS Ahnenerbe undertook extensive fieldwork in an attempt to uncover material evidence of the use of the Extersteine as a place of pagan worship. The rocks came to have great spiritual meaning to the SS in general and many SS sponsored trips by German citizens were offered, and certain reenactments and SS ceremonies were held there. On the area considered the front of the rock formations can be seen a Christian relief carved into the rocks and dated to the early ninth century. It is a crucifixion scene. If one looks closely at Nicodemus as he helps to lift the crucified Jesus from the cross he seems to have stood on the bent Irminsul as a symbol of triumphant victory for Christianity. The artist K. Diebitsch and Wolfram Sievers, who was the managing director of the Ahnenerbe and rose to rank of SS-Standartenführer, decided to reerect the Irminsul in keeping with their immense interest in bringing the past to the present and the future. The Irminsul became the official seal of the Deutsches Ahnenerbe. The tapestry we offer is huge and measures 74 x 54 inches. It’s 100-percent American made cotton and prewashed for softness and washable in cold water. It has four different types of special stitching and threads (This is not a print on fabric!). All is woven and absolutely awe inspiring when properly displayed. By using this type of weaving there is almost a 3D effect. The colors, the quality of artwork is in a word–SUPERB! The original was sold over 20 years ago for more than $22,000. Now, you can have this magnificent re-creation for only £275.00.