Bear as Hunter

ca. 1580/81, Artist: Gregor Bair



Bear as Hunter

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.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXIV

Object data

Object Name

Vessel; Statuette; Joke Vessel


Augsburg and Munich


ca. 1580/81


Gregor Bair (Meran; Meister 1573 - 1604 Augsburg)

Valentin Drausch (1550 - 1600) - GND

Heinrich Wagner (nachweisbar 1570 - 1607)


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)

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 1094

IGS - Baer als Jaeger - Bair u.a.

OESG - Baer als Jaeger - Bair u.a.

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