“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Memento Mori New Years Greetings c. 1500

The sheet is printed from eleven blocks; in the centre of the print is a woman with a skull instead of the face reflected in the mirror which she is holding; her mirror and dress are inscribed; further inscriptions are on six scrolls; at the top and bottom of are two borders, of which the upper one contains Christ-child, two angels and greetings for the new year. c.1500.

The text on the label from the departmental exhibition at the BM in 2002 reads as follows:
"A memento mori as New Year greeting, about 1500 Xylographic sheet (in which text as well as image are cut in the block), 11 blocks, partly coloured and underlined in red, probably published in Munich The beautiful woman with long hair has a skull in the place of the young face she sees in her mirror. The main text underlines the obvious message. It is written in verse by the Munich poet Hans Kurz, whose name appears on the hem on the woman's skirt. The two ribbon-texts which flank her add the information that her name is Syman (sie-Mann) and Frau Hille (Holle), respectively virago and witch. The heading gives the function of the sheet as a New Year greeting. Its male producers (artist, poet, printer) thus issue a warning to those who buy and contemplate the sheet that women are dangerous agents of mortality in the world. Above sits the Christ-child holding the orb of power."

Dodgson notes that the poet's name Hans Kurz and the dialect link the cut to Bavaria, but the style rather recalled the school of Basle and Strassburg around 1500-10.

Inscriptions:
On the upper border the New Year's wishes: "EIN GVT SELIG NEV IAR BVSCH ICH EVCH"
On the scroll underneath the upper border: "~ Leben · Leben · Leben ~ Ich bin iung schön hübsch wolgestalt · Wie aber wenn ich wird alt"
On the central block: on the dress the name "Hans KVRCZ" is inscribed, on the mirror: "ZIT BRINGT ALLE DING"

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