Catalog No. 631
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
Shown at right with a drinking gnome figural lid inlay (add 50%).
“Gott hat in Gnaden den Durst geschaffen,
der Teufel aus Bosheit den Kater und Affen.”
(God in his grace has created thirst,
the devil out of malice, the tomcats and monkeys.)
To appreciate the meaning of the text, it must be understood that the tomcat (Kater) is both a German symbol and idiomatic expression for a hangover, and that monkeys (Affen), in Germany and elsewhere, are symbolic of drunkenness (monkey on one’s back).