Highlights of the Münchner Stadtmuseum

African Morris dancer ("Moor") by Erasmus Grasser

Alongside the “Blue Rider” paintings, the Morris Dancers, made by the sculptor Erasmus Grasser in 1480, rank among the most valuable artwork owned by the City of Munich. The name given to these figures most likely derives from leap dances that were originally developed by the Moors and were later performed at the major European courts.

The figures are a unique and virtuoso artistic representation of the theme of Morris dancing. They were commissioned for the ceiling of the new “Dance Hall” (now known as the Old City Hall) built by the city authorities as a grand ballroom for the entertainment of the Duke and the city’s ruling elite. The “Moor” is on display in the Moriskensaal of the permanent exhibition “Typically Munich!”.