Antique Large German Pewter Beer Stein Bacchus and Cherubs Procession Bacchanalia c. Description: This large antique German beer stein/pouring server was made of pewter with exceptional quality and precision. It was made in the 1890s when the beer stein production reached its peak in popularity, quality and craftsmanship.The theme of the stein is a humo rous procession of festive and drunks carrying Bacchus or Dion y sus - the legendary god of wine and intoxication. Bacchanalia, orgies in honor of Dionysus, were introduced in Rome around 200 BC. These infamous celebrations, notorious for their sexual and criminal character, got so out of hand that they were forbidden by the Roman Senate in 186 BC.
Here, as the beer stein decoration, the scene of the Bacchanalia represents festivity, joy, and, of course, beer drinking. The lid is topped with the goat head thumblift - this is another double-symbolism. On one hand, a goat was a symbol of Bacchanali as since they ritually sacrificed goats. On another hand, the goat (Bock) in German culture was associated with the beer of the same name (Bockbier) very popular in Germany. The stein is quite large, heavy and very impressive.
It stands 15 tall to the top of the thumblift, 3L capacity. The stein is in excellent condition for the age - there is no damage or repairs, just some very minor dings on the base.
Beautiful and monumental beer pouring vessel about 130 years old! Condition: Excellent w/minor dings on the base. Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing. The item "Antique Large German Pewter Beer Stein Bacchus Procession Bacchanalia c. 1890s" is in sale since Sunday, February 16, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "beer-stein" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.