A Hunter's Stein
by Ken Stroud
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the hunt is a common theme among German steins. This month's featured stein
appears to be designed as the perfect gift for an avid hunter.
The scene on the stein, shown unfolded at the right, depicts a successful hunter, rifle in one hand, his
quarry at his feet, waving his hat to the Roman goddess Diana (Artemis in Greek
mythology), the patroness of hunters, who returns his salutation. Is the
hunter thanking her for her aid in his successful hunt, or are they just two
hunters passing in the forest?
Es lebe, was auf Erden
Long live, what on earth
|To me the most interesting feature of this stein is its elaborate relief work. A range of mountains in relief encircles the stein at the top, and the bottom relief shows a rabbit, a boar, and a fox against a background of forest trees. The head and antlers of a large stag protrudes from the stein overlooking the scene of the hunter and Diana. The colors are quite natural and pleasing and the etched scene is very detailed. The lid appears to be a stump or knot in a tree and shows a hunter in the middle smoking his pipe. All in all, this is a beautiful stein with great appeal to hunter and stein collector alike.|