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Goetz, Karl,  K-262  -  1920, Cast Bronze, Satirical medal, 59.1mm, 59.8g.
THE WATCH ON THE RHINE (Die schwarze Wacht am Rhein)

Obverse:  A French colonial soldier, right. Inscriptions, "Die Wacht am Rhein!!" (The Watch on the Rhine!!) and "Liberte, Égalité, Fraternité" (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity). Dated 1920

Reverse:  The Lorelei sits naked and tied to a tree which is in the form of an erect penis; a French helmet is on top. Lorelei's broken lyre is nearby. The Eye of God watches over from above. Inscription, "Die schwarze Schande" (The Black Shame). K•G in exergue.

This medal was Goetz' protest for the arrival of black colonial French troops to occupy the Rhine territory. Most certainly a ploy by the French to humiliate the Germans, Goetz was obviously livid with the action. Here we see his vitriolic response over several 'reported' rapes and sexual excesses by these occupying troops. History now shows that these fears were unfounded and reports of rape were more exception than rule. This does not remove the fact that this 'infamous' iconography still overshadows Goetz' entire oeuvre.

$850-$1500 elsewhere on the web.  Beautiful dark chocolate brown patina with caramel highlights

Grade:  VZ (XF)


PRICE $625