Catalog No. 316
Pottery or stoneware, 0.5L, pewter lid, text varies.
Text (pictured variations):
“Thu’ des Guten nicht zuviel, sonst ist’s aus mit gutem Spiel.” (right)
(Don’t have too much of a good thing, otherwise the good times will be over.)
“Das Bier macht heiter, den Kopf gescheidter.” (below)
(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.