Catalog No. 934
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 1.0L pewter lid.
“Zu Mantua in Banden der treue Hofer war.”
(The loyal Hofer was taken to Mantua in chains.)
Central image depicts Andreas Hofer with his advisors at Innsbruck, taken from an 1879 painting by Franz Defregger.
Text is the first line of a song describing the Hofer’s execution, written in 1831 by Julius Mosen and set to music by Leopold Knebelsberger in 1844.
This stein commemorates the Tyrolean Rebellion of 1809. In 1805 Austria was defeated by Napoleon and had to cede Tyrol to Bavaria, Napoleon’s ally. The liberal reforms introduced by Bavarian Baron Montgelas were unpopular in conservative, staunchly Catholic Tyrol, which also objected to enforced military service in the Bavarian army. The Tyroleans, led by innkeeper Andreas Hofer, rose in rebellion in April 1809 but were ultimately forced to surrender. Hofer was executed in February 1810.