Antique Christmas ornament made of cardboard in the shape of 6 sided star, marked Germany on back. Has a hand painted paper mache or composite face of Moritz on the front. Has splatters of silver and black paint on both sides and original string for hanging.
Star is approximately 3 inches across and face is 1 1/4 inches wide. Really nice condition for age, the photos shows some normal wear and crazing of paint, especially on the nose. Cardboard star has some wear including bends.
Max and Moritz are two naughty little boys in a story by Wilhelm Busch. The stories were written in 1865 and are still extremely popular in Germany.
Wilhelm Busch was an artist as well as a writer. He wrote a lot of stories in rhyme and made drawings to go with them. Max and Moritz are stories like these. The two boys get up to lots of naughty pranks. There are seven stories (seven pranks). In the final prank they are caught and come to a sad end. In the 19th century writers had to show that bad behaviour would be punished in the end. The seven stories are stories with a moral.