Photographer's Note

There is a German proverb: "Das geht auf keine Kuhhaut!"

The literal translation would have to be: "That does not fit on a cow hide", in a double sense: The item is absolutely staggering, or it beggars description. The English circumscription does not imply that a cow hide might simply be too small.

Too small for what?

In the middle ages, people did not have paper but wrote on parchment instead, which was made from sheep, calf or even cow hides. Parchment was expensive, so only very important things were written down.

In this case we see two ladies having a conversation. There may be assumed to be a lot of gossip, slander and fake news in it, so a devil writes down every lie, to get evidence for later use against them. Woe to those in whose cases even a cow hide was too small!

Parish church St. Georg, Reichenau island, Lake Constance, UNESCO cultural world heritage. The fresco is from the 10th or 11th century.

There is also a duplicate in another place:
You approach an island using a dam.
The first important building on that island is a church.
This church houses excellent frescoes, including one on which a devil records the chattering of ladies on a parchment.

The other site is Fanefjord Kirke, M°n island, Denmark, also available here at TE.

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