The bear as hunter is among the most popular motifs of the “world turned upside-down,” whereby the quarry itself becomes the hunter with a raised rifle. A drinking cup is unexpectedly hidden in the removable head, a miniature game board lies on the stand, and due to a coating, the wild animal smells of ambergris. Hunt, play, and drink all suggest the eminent forms of courtly amusement.
Vessel; Statuette; Joke Vessel
Augsburg and Munich
Silver, gold, enamel, brass, iron, ambergris, jewels
H. 21,3 cm
Augsburger Pyr (SEL 15); R 3, Nr.394 (SEL 865a)
Seling 2007: MZ 865a, BZ 0070 (verwendet 1559-1586)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer
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