Catalog No. 769
Pottery, figural, 0.5L.
“Wie die Raupe vom Schmetterling, stammt vom Affen der Kater.”
(As the caterpillar comes from the butterfly, from the monkey comes the tomcat.)
Text 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. To appreciate the meaning, 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).
Reproduced in the 1960s as Girmscheid No. 837.