Courtyard stove and table at Bollingen

Stove and table at Bollingen

As Jung built more rooms onto the house, he added an outdoor stove and sheltered seating area. Note the colorful medieval-style paintings on the wood ceiling of the shelter. The bright primary colors, especially blue and yellow, are found also painted on shutters around the buildings, and on a heraldic shield that Jung carved of wood inside the entrance to the tower. The shield is next to a stone carving of another Telesphorus-like figure with the three symbols of cross, star, and grapes. Jost said this is a visual pun on a Swiss saying for being drunk! So there are numerous whimsical features to the house – it’s not all serious and mysterious. Jost’s daughter and granddaughter came by and were playing here at the table after a while. Jost says that there are about 50 members of the family who have use of the property and come for rest and recreation here. The property is looked after by a committee of the Stiftung, and Jost is in his own words both a dedicated “caretaker and care taker” of his grandfather’s legacy here. Inside near this room is a very small interior room with large casement windows, a window seat, and a fireplace over which Jung inscribed the genealogy of his fathers and sons in Latin.

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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