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In the Land of Hummel: Traditional Bavarian Life
 

In the Land of Hummel: Traditional Bavarian Life

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By Kathleen Saal, Walter Pfeiffer - Portfolio Press Corporation (1999) - Hardback - 160 pages - ISBN 0942620283

In the Land of Hummel: Traditional Bavarian Life celebrates a historic and picturesque region of Germany. This rich and innovative new book follows a young American woman of German descent through a year abroad where she comes to discover the land of her ancestors -- which is also the land of Sister Maria Innocentia, the artist behind the world-famous M.I. Hummel figurines. Our narrator arrives in Bavaria in early autumn, and as she explores the landscapes, traditions and handicrafts of her ancestral country, she also comes to learn more and more about Sister Maria Innocentia, her homeland, her art and the figurines that bear her name today.Organized by seasons into four major sections, In the Land of Hummel is filled with lush evocative photographs of Bavaria and its people, accompanied by lively, insightful writing. Dazzling photographs of collectors' favorite Hummel figurines highlight and dramatize the text, clearly illustrating the rich roots of the figurines in Bavarian life, and adding charm and whimsy to the story.In the Land of Hummel features never-before-published photographs of life in the Siessen Convent, where Sister Maria Innocentia spent her years as a nun, as well as rare views of the workshops of an intriguing variety of Bavarian artisans and craftspeople who still practice traditional trades and crafts of the region. A behind-the-scenes look at the Goebel factory, where the Hummel figurines are created, is included. Readers will also experience many of the time-honored regional and religious festivals and holidays still celebrated today, captured in colorful, engaging photographs.Bavaria is a land of amazing and extensive diversity, captivating backdrops andpleasing old-world charm. Long-time enthusiasts of this region, Hummel collectors, and those encountering this spirited culture for the first time will all discover, as did the young narrator of this refreshing book, that the best of Bavaria's past is very much alive today.
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