Barker or doctor - Green Vault, Dresden

Barker or doctor

Barker or doctor

Barker or doctor, Germany, around 1700-1733. Baroque pearls, gold, diamonds, enamel, marquise, obsidian, chalcedony, carnelian, nephrite, agate, garnet, plasma, amber, jasper. H 12.2 cm. Green Vault, VI 120. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.


The theme of the gemstone figure, which consists of eight different materials, is given in the addendum to the inventory of prequelets, in which the small statuette is listed for the first time: "A small Cabinet piece 5 inches high, introducing a doctor ...". In later inventories, the same statuette appears probably because of their expressive speech as a market crier. The two terms complement each other, and it is clear to what extent immigrant dentists and quack doctors offered their art to the public in markets in the early eighteenth century. The most well-known Heilkünstler of this kind was Johannes Andreas Eisenbarth (1663 - 1727), whose markschreiereaus appearance decisively shaped the popular type of the Quachsalbers. The right hand raised, the left opened, Standing firmly on the ground, his legs slightly apart, the physician meets his audience. The short black coat, the golden bow and the eye-catching hat were among the uniforms of the wandering doctor. Behind the quack was a monkey made of beads on a small table. Later changes in the group of figures make it almost impossible today to put the monkey back in the right place. The presence of a monkey in a wandering physician is explained, on the one hand, by its exoticism, which should arouse interest among the public. On the other hand, monkeys were considered a symbol of vice and vanity and also a symbol of man's imitation of nature. the golden bow and the eye-catching hat belonged
to the uniform of the wandering physician. Behind the quack was a monkey made of beads on a small table. Later changes in the group of figures make it almost impossible today to put the monkey back in the right place. The presence of a monkey in a wandering physician is explained, on the one hand, by its exoticism, which should arouse interest among the public. On the other hand, monkeys were considered a symbol of vice and vanity and also a symbol of man's imitation of nature. the golden bow and the eye-catching hat belonged to the uniform of the wandering physician. Behind the quack was a monkey made of beads on a small table. Later changes in the group of figures make it almost impossible today to put the monkey back in the right place. The presence of a monkey in a wandering physician is explained, on the one hand, by its exoticism, which should arouse interest among the public. On the other hand, monkeys were considered a symbol of vice and vanity and also a symbol of man's imitation of nature. The presence of a monkey in a wandering physician is explained, on the one hand, by its exoticism, which should arouse interest among the public. On the other hand, monkeys were considered a symbol of vice and vanity and also a symbol of man's imitation of nature. The presence of a monkey in a wandering physician is explained, on the one hand, by its exoticism, which should arouse interest among the public. On the other hand, monkeys were considered a symbol of vice and vanity and also a symbol of man's imitation of nature.
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