Rare Original Hand Tinted and Gilded 'Valkyrie with Poppies' Lithographic German Postcard c1900.
Featuring a beautiful German long haired Valkyrie (complete with horned headdress), this lovely Art Nouveau issue postcard is delicately hand tinted in pastel shades and enhanced with hand gilding..also delicately applied.
The maiden is dressed in a pastel pink gown, decorated with a large pale green Dragonfly, and a fine voile shawl. She holds a bunch of Poppy stems also in pastel pink and green.
In Greek mythology the Poppy was a symbol of peace, sleep, and death. And in Norse Mythology the Valkyrie had the power of life and death..deciding which soldiers in battle would live and which would die.
So this is a very symbolic postcard, and the design is rather stylised in typical Jugenstil style.
From serie 127, it is postally un-used and clean verso. It has a small rust stain upper right edge and some very mild corner bumps and is in good Antique condition.
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