Devilish Temptation

Catalog No. 316

Pottery or stoneware, 0.5L, inlaid lid.

Text:
“Thu’ des Guten nicht zuviel, sonst ist’s aus mit gutem Spiel.”
(Don’t have too much of a good thing, otherwise the good times will be over.)

Later versions replaced the original text with:
“Das Bier macht heiter, den Kopf gescheidter.”
(Beer makes you happy, the head clever.)

The unusual side scenes on this stein depict a large man riding on the back of a wild bear or boar, which in Germany symbolizes drunkenness. He is also being tempted with food by imp-like creatures (the devil’s minions), providing what was almost certainly intended to be a pictorial warning against gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins in Christian theology.

Price Ranges
Full-color: $60-$80
Ltd-color: $50-$70

 
     
SPG 316
SPG 316

 
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