Catalog No. 980
Pottery, etched and relief, 0.5L, figural inlaid lid (Perkeo).
“Bemooster Bursche zieh ich aus,
behüt dich Gott, Philisterhaus.”
(A mossy fellow I now move on,
may God protect you, house of Philistines.)
Text is from a song written by Gustav Schwab (1792-1850), about a young man who had been a long-term university student and is finally departing.
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.
Price Range: $90-$125