Wooden fragment from the coffin of Karel Hynek Mácha

Karel Hynek Mácha died under tragic circumstances in Litoměřice on 5 November 1836. His grave, in the cemetery near the top of Radobýl (a basalt hill in the České středohoří mountains), remained unmarked for a long time. In 1846, at the instigation of Karel Havlíček Borovský and others, a gravestone was erected with the following inscription: “Far leads my journey, and vain ‘tis to call!”. On 1 October 1945, prior to the retaking of the Sudetenland, the original monument with all of its findings was moved to Prague. The poet’s remains were handed over for anthropological examination. Mácha’s second funeral, which took place in Vyšehrad on 7 May 1939, turned into a protest against the Nazi occupation.

Subject: A Mácha intermezzo
Title: Wooden fragment from the coffin of Karel Hynek Mácha
Date: 1836
Dimensions: 2,5 × 2,5 cm
Origin: Karel Janský fonds
Licence: Free license

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