A gaff head is a type of facade ornament . These are figurative representations of heads and busts that look down from the facade "at the viewer". Often oversized eyes are used, often also open mouths with protruding tongues and teeth shown.
Mostly gaff heads are integrated into the portals of houses or they are attached under bay windows . One example is in the form of the master builder of the Gotha town hall , Andreas Rudolff, in the eastern volute of the north gable of the Gotha town hall.
In the spandrels and triangular gables of the portals, the long protruding men's heads ("gaff heads"), which were popular as architectural jewelery at the time of the Renaissance in Thuringia and Meißen, apparently represented portraits of craftsmen and councilors from the time the town hall was being built.
The use of gaff heads in the facade design of the Renaissance was particularly popular .
Gaff head of Kunz von Kauffungen at the town hall bay Freiberg
Three-part ribbon window with heads on the keystones of the arches, Villa Rothermundt, Dresden
A gaff head in Lindau (Bodensee) (Bavaria)
- Creator of the town hall and the Augustinian church . In: TLZ . ( tlz.de [accessed on September 5, 2018]).
- K. Schulze: The Altenburg town hall . In: VEB EA Seeman, Buch- un Kunstverlag, Leipzig (ed.): Architectural monuments . 1st edition. tape 8 . VEB EA Seeman, Buch- un Kunstverlag, Leipzig 1964, p. 12 .