Püsterich (Fire-Blower)

1st half 12th c.



Püsterich (Fire-Blower)

Through a hole in the nape of the female figure’s neck the statuette could be filled with water. Placed in the embers, the figure would blow steam from its mouth and nose. It was probably used as a source of kinetic energy for experiments or for household purposes. Medieval examples of such figures are always nude and either crouching or kneeling. The hole in the figure’s chest is the result of later damage.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXXVI

Object data

Object Name

Statuette; bronze sculpture


Upper Italian (?)


1st half 12th c.




23,5 cm × 18,5 cm × 13,3 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 5702

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