Vintage Merkelbach West Germany Herring Hangover Stein
High relief herrings with a monkey and a cat peeping through the fish tails adorn this hand painted character beer stein. Monkeys and cats have long symbolized the wickedness of a hangover (to have a monkey on your back) in German folk lore, while a sour herring is purported to be the cure-all. The stein reads: "Den groessten Kater (literally the 'biggest cat' or hangover), lehrt Erfahrung, bezwingt ein guter sauer Harung." around the base, which translates as: "Experience teaches that a good sour herring cures the biggest hangover." This figural beer stein has a stoneware lid continuing the hand painted herring motif. It features a pewter thumb lift and a monkey's head peers out of the stylized stoneware hand. It is marked on the bottom Merkelbach Handarbeit West-Germany. The stein is in pristine condition but there is some wear in the writing along the bottom.
- 3.5ʺW × 6.0ʺD × 8.75ʺH
- Folk Art, Nautical