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Kuckuck und Esel


1930?  "Der Kuckuck und der Esel."  Scheerenschnitt.  Message on the image side and in the image section of the verso.  Dated 10.8.31. €5 from, July, '20.

I am aware of a fable in which an ass praises a nightingale for her sweet song but says that the cuckoo does it better.  Mahler in fact seems to have incorporated a Wunderhorn song, "Lob des hohen Verstands" (that uses this fable?) into the finale of his Fifth Symphony.  Whatever the source, this is a fine Scherenschnitt, unfortunately written over.  Similarly, the production information on the verso is written over by the eager writer in old German script.