Museum Emden

The East Frisian State Museum Emden is the art, culture and state history museum of the East Friesland region. In its permanent exhibition on the art and history of the city of Emden, East Friesland and its embedding in European cultural history, around 4% of the more than 50,000 objects in the entire inventory are shown. In addition, special exhibitions on various art and cultural history topics are regularly presented, which are accompanied by the publication of specialist catalogues.
Link: LandesmuseumEmden

Clothes of the Bogman ‘Bernie’ die Moorleiche von Bernuthsfeld

The 1,200-year-old bog body from Bernuthsfeld (Aurich district) is the highlight of the archaeological collection at the East Frisian State Museum in Emden. The Bernuthsfeld man wore a long-sleeved shirt that reached down to his knees and was sewn together from separate pieces of fabric. The legs were wrapped in long, narrow wool bandages, and a short hooded cloak draped over the shoulders. All clothing is woven from sheep’s wool. They represent a testimony of early medieval textile art that is unique for East Friesland and all of Northern Germany. As part of the current bog body research, the bog body from Bernuthsfeld is to be reconstructed in three dimensions in order to obtain a lifelike image of the man.

Baptismal font church Larrelt 1649

Baptismal font of the church of Larrelt / Emden The early baroque lid was created for the older baptismal font of the church and served to protect the baptismal font. The softwood top has been repainted several times and most recently featured an imitation of wood.

Hausstein witte Oliphant 1650

The white oliphant was the trademark of tobacconist Thomas Payne. In addition to this house stone, which used to be on the wall of Payne’s garden property on Douwestrasse in Emden, there are three other oliphantes. It is said that this house stone could be the inspiration for Otto’s Ottifanten…

Maria und Johannes

Roughly life-size figures carved from an oak trunk. Originally they formed a group with other mourners who were lined up in a church behind the body of Christ.

Venus – Aphrodite

Venus (Greek: Aphrodite) was the personification of love and beauty. Facing her and looking up at her, one sees the childlike Cupid (Greek: Eros) as companion and helper, who in turn embodied earthly love.
Located in the Landesmuseum Emden.

Sculpture of Athena – Minerva in Emden

Probably the Dutch school of sculpture, 2nd quarter of the 18th century. sandstone Commissioned by the East Frisian princely house of Cirksena, whose male line died out in 1744, for the palace garden in the Aurich residence. They then came into East Frisian private ownership. The creator of the very impressive, classically posed, late Baroque figures is probably a sculptor from the Netherlands. In Minerva (Greek: Athena) one saw the militant patron of all sciences, arts and other skills of peace and war. This is also signaled by their attributes: the magnificently decorated (now damaged) helmet and the lance, which has been preserved in fragments, refer to the craft of war. The owl represents wisdom. The shield with the snake-haired head is that of Medusa, one of the three fearsome gorgons whose gaze petrified everyone it met. Located in the Ostfriesische Landesmuseum Emden

Baptismal font

Baptismal font from East Friesland, early 13th century. One sees four crouching lions. It is the symbolic embodiment of evil, whose power is broken by baptism.

Alliance crest

The Englishman Thomas Payne came to Emden via Bremen and received Emden citizenship in 1632. His trade mark was the Witte Oliphant. The alliance coat of arms of him and his wife Cecilia Schnelle from Bremen shows three birds on the left and a stag over two flowers on the right. The year 1677 is deepened. The coat of arms was on his garden house on Douwestraße. The stone is in the Emden State Museum

House stone with inscription 1575

In translation, the inscription reads: Unless the Lord preserves me in every respect, / Toil as well as effort and care will be in vain. / Different eyes will look at me, / but with different attitudes: Both envious and well-wishers pass the house.

House stone of the mint master 1572

Five people are shown in relief against a black colored background. The mint master stands on the right, three journeymen sit working at the tables. The small figure in the middle wears a jester’s cap and is thus recognizable as an apprentice. The relief comes from the count’s master of the mint, Dirk Iden, who owned a large building with an inner courtyard on the southern side of Osterstrasse, at the corner of Neutorstrasse.


Warrior drawing a sword with a child in his hand. The sculpture stood in a church and shows the biblical Herod, who had all the boys killed in Beblehem.

Kings’s and Queen’s head

Originally made for one of Emden’s stone city gates to represent the wealth or wisdom of a King Salomin of the city.

Bell Gandersum 1458

The inscriptions give the year of origin and the names of the male and female saints, including ten of the apostles, to whom the bell was donated.

Bell Borssum 1581

Bell from the old church of Klein Borssum Inscription translated from Latin: The word Gootes endures forever. Hans der Borch cast me in Emden. Second inscription: This bell was financed by the parish of Klein Borssum, rich and poor alike Below you can see the family coat of arms of Oldersum (three lilies) and that of the landlords, the Counts Cirksena with crest and crest.