Potsdam is well known for it’s parks, castles and palaces. And of course every royal park and garden needs to be garnished with statues. Statues of former kings, queens, generals and other nobility. Statues of ancient statesmen and scholars, of mythological and religious figures. And, of course, statues of women with bared breasts. Because why not? Even the upper crust of military Prussia did a lot of fucking around…they had enough time and opportunity.

When you enter Park Sanssouci your are greeted by several statues depicting African people called the “Moor’s Rondelle”. “Moor (Mohr)” being an outdated German term for black people. For modern sensibilities, being currently in a renewed wave of political correctness and statue toppling, this was no longer tenable. Some activists argued that the statues ought to be removed as they also depict an African woman with bare breasts. This is supposed to be demeaning to black people today. What these activists seemingly failed to see was that the whole park is full of statues of naked women, most of them decidedly European looking.

A compromise was found. The statues could stay and the whole arrangement of busts was renamed to “First Rondelle” with a plaque describing the history and change of names. In fact this new name was supposed to be the original one. Nevertheless here is the offending statue and a whole lot of other bare breasted statues as well. Enjoy!


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Breasts I

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Breasts II

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Breasts III

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Breasts IV

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Breasts V

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Breasts VI

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Breasts VII

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Breasts VIII

3 responses to “A Rococo melange of breasts (yes naked breasts)”

  1. Liz BlackX Avatar

    I remember seeing statues like this in Versailles and I think also in the gardens of the palaces of The Netherlands. I’m still baffled we’re not supposed to see any bared breasts anymore, not on paintings and not on statues like this. It’s just anatomy. *sigh*

  2. Khürt Williams Avatar

    Some activists argued that the statues ought to be removed as they also depict an African woman with bare breasts. This is supposed to be demeaning to black people today.

    The world grows more confounding. I am in the United States. Africans were outraged when YouTube, a US company, blocked videos showing Swaziland’s reed dance featuring bare-breasted women.

    Why does a small group of people get to decide for all black people everywhere? So perhaps the problem with “Moor’s Rondelle” has nothing to do with black breast. I think it’s about political power.

    Women won a lawsuit under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The courts affirmed that it was unconstitutional for lawmakers to ban women — but not men — from going topless. Women, including black women, are now topless in public on the streets of New York and five other states.

    1. Paul Avatar

      Thanks for your comment. I agree it is mostly about political power. Here though it is more about Germany’s controversial colonial past. Ironically had the activists won and the statue subsequently removed…not only would the city have lost a small bit of its cultural history but also a great opportunity to educate visitors about how people in the 18th century saw African people.

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