In the baroque period, horses had to satisfy a certain standard in Germany. The appearance, for example a long forelock and tail, was more important than the condition of the horse. The “Kranich” (translated as “grus”), the favorite horse of Anton Günther (1603 – 1667), the earl of Oldenburg, had a mane with a length of 2,25m. The Township of Lemwerder still has this horse as heraldic animal in its town emblem, because Anton Günther was breeding it around 1640 in Weyhausen, south of Lemwerder. The mane was shown in the “Pferdegeschichten – Vom Urpferd zum Sportpferd” exhibition (12th of October 2013 to 9th of March 2014) in the Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch Oldenburg.


  • Title: Mane of the horse "Kranich"
  • Date Created: ca. 1640
  • Location: Oldenburg
  • Type: Horse Mane preparation
  • Rights: Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch Oldenburg

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