Catalog No. 204
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Es grünet die Tanne, es wachset das Erz,
Gott schenke uns allen ein fröhliches Herz.”
(The fir greens, the ore grows,
God grant us all a happy heart.)
“Gott hat uns den Durst zum Vergnügen erschaffen.”
(God has created in us the thirst for pleasure.)
First text string is from the opening stanza of an unattributed German folk song.
Rübezahl is a capriciuos giant mountain spirit of pagan folklore, said to inhabit the Reisengeberge, a mountain range bordering Poland and the Czech Rupublic, territory that was part of the German Empire until the end of World War I.
See also No. 209.