This 1.75 liter hunting theme pewter stein masterpiece will serve as a focal point of any collection. An elaborate medieval "par force" hunting scene showing "the chase" wraps around the stein body. Following the system of par force (by strength) or par force de chiens (by force of dogs) was considered the most noble way of hunting deer/stag in medieval Europe.
This detailed and ritualistic system of hunting included eight parts: the quest (tracking the game), the assembly (preparing & planning the hunt accompanied by breakfast), the relays (positioning the dogs in the path of the game, so as not to exhaust the dogs), the moving (fine tuned tracking), the chase (the actual hunt - where the dogs ran down and exhausted the game), the baying (the kill by sword or spear), the unmaking (the careful processing of the kill) and the curée (the dogs are rewarded).
Hunting in medieval Europe was filled with symbolism. The deer was likened to Christ and the hunt became the quest towards salvation.
Ornamental raised relief fine pewter handle, thumblift, and lid.
Made in Austria
Height: approx. 12"
Base Diameter: approx. 6.75"
Volume: 1.75 Liter
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I just received this stein and true to its description, this thing is a giant. The scrollwork and patterns are intricate and the detail is exquisite. Overall, a thing of beauty.