Posted on November 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
We truly enjoyed finding these special little cows - two German kuhe in Almabtrieb dress.
The one on the left wears a simple wreath of flowers around his neck, while the one on the right wears in addition, the traditional, elaborate headdress of the Almabtrieb.
The Almabtrieb celebration takes place at the end of summer when the cows are brought down from high pastures in the Alps to the valleys below. It is traditional for the Bavarians to celebrate this passage in traditional dress.
These special hand-carved cows have been created by Hartmut Hennig of Deutschneudorf (just adjacent to Seiffen, the toy-making center of Germany) in the Erzgebirge mountains of Eastern Germany. They stand just an inch and half tall and are really quite exquisite.
You may also enjoy visiting our Bavarian board on Pinterest - where you will find images of so many things Bavarian, from food to costume to special places to visit.
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