Catalog No. 2092J
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Hast du Kater ist mein Rat:
trinke früh was du trankst spat.”
(If you have a hangover here’s my advice,
drink in the morning what you drank late at night.)
To fully appreciate the intent of this design, it must be understood that the tomcat (Kater) is both a German symbol and idiomatic expression for a hangover; pickled herring an alleged cure.
The “§11” repeated multiple times around the bottom frieze makes reference to the Bier-Comment (beer code) of Heidelberg University, which begins with paragraph 11. Paragraphs 1 through 10 are left blank and are generally presumed to be the Biblical ten commandments. Paragraph 11 of the Heidelberg code reads: “Es wird fortgesoffen”, which is often (if loosely) translated as “Keep on drinking.”