Rösli Sidler
Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland
Heavy cardboard, tissue paper
14 × 20 inches
This is a small model iffele, made like the large (up to 5 feet tall)iffelen worn by men in the Klausjagen Festival parade on St. Nicholas Eve in Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland. The large miter-like headresses are lighted inside, making the elaborate designs glow like stained glass windows. There is a figure of St. Nicholas on the front and often a monogram for Jesus Christ on the reverse. This one has IHS, the three Greek letters (iota, eta and sigma) that form the first letters of the Greek word for Jesus.