Catalog No. 862
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, figural (Perkeo) or inlaid lid.
“Zwei dunkle Augen, ein roter Mund,
sind all mein Glück zu jeder Stund.”
(Two dark eyes, a red mouth,
are all my happiness at every hour.)
Text is loosely derived from a song (Zwei dunkel Augen), written by Paul Grossman and set to music by Carl Heinz.
Perkeo (lid figure) was an 18th-century dwarf who served as both court jester and keeper of the royal wine keg in Heidelberg. Despite his size, he was reportedly quite a prodigious drinker and, according to legend, his death came about when he mistakenly drank a glass of water.