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Founder figures in the Naumburg Cathedral, Reglindis

Naumburg Masterbetween 1245 and 1250

State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture of Sachsen-Anhalt

State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture of Sachsen-Anhalt
Magdeburg, Germany

As the daughter of the first Polish king Bloeslaw Chobry, Reglindis plays the most distinguished role among the female founders. She wears a richly decorated crown bracelet, under which individual strands of her hair protrude. Her figure represents the rare case that a sculpture with a powerful laughing human face was created in a prominent place in a high medieval church. Whether her smile is to be understood as an inner certainty about the attainment of eternal life or as a symbol for her presumed youth, can no longer be clarified.

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