Catalog No. 308
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 2.5L, pewter lid.
“Trink nach alter deutscher Weise,
in der Freunde frohem Kreise,
lange diesen Krug noch leer.”
(Drink according to old German custom,
in the happy circle of friends,
long empty this stein.)
Mephisto (or Mephistopheles) is a name given to the devil in German literary tradition, including most famously an appearance as a leading character in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s tragic play Faust.
Central image is taken from an illustration by Kaspar Kögler (1838-1923), part of an 1890 mural that once graced the Wiesbaden Ratskeller, but was sadly destroyed in World War II.
Master stein to No. 314.