“Aurochs”  Pendants  by  Ridinger

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (An Aurochs. – An Aurochs in Rage [recte each the European Bison]). Sitting in the forest in a wallow + In front of a stonewall with raised tail boring open the earth as if he would press down an enemy as Ridinger describes it separately. Pendants. Etchings with engraving. (1738.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger del. fec. et exc. Aug. Vind. and J. E. R. resp., otherwise with title as before in German. 7½ × 6⅛ in (19.1 and 19.2 resp. × 15.6 cm).

Sheet 36 + 37 (Thienemann + Schwarz 426 + 427) of the instructive set Design of Several Animals how such are drawn from Life after their Different Kinds, Actions and Passions ( “These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856).

With the thematical designation of the represented bisons as aurochs Ridinger followed by the way generally erroneous usage, for the real Aur, the Urus or Ur of the Nibelungenlied, according to Cäsar almost of the bigness of an elephant, had died out for ages as i. a. noted lapidarily by Thienemann, too.

“ Since the 17th century the (Bison) was confused with the Aurochs who existed frequently side by side with him, but died out earlier ”

(Meyers Convers.-Lex., 4th ed., XVI, 693 and correspondingly already II, 48).

From Roman times on the hunting on the one as the other was reputed as especially glorious and still “in 1860 the emperor of Russia arranged a hunt (on the bison as at that time a rarity long since), on which 15 beasts were hunted”. The rage scenery by the way commented on by Ridinger separately as following:

“ So if he notices persecution and gets furious / he blazes up in full rage / rams to earth whatever gets in his way / which he presses down with the horns so long / until he has killed his enemy / in such position he is to be seen sub N. 37. ”

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