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Posted 5 years ago


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Imperial German beer stein of Reservist Kaiserman, who served from 1896-1898. One panel depicts a Fraulein (Madchen) holding the tail of a billy goat upon which rides Reservist Kaiserman. The shoulderboard of the regiment is shown on the front surrounded by martial items (weapons flags etc.). The stein has no flaws. The lithopane shows a young man standing by his seated mother.

Does anyone know why Kaiserman is riding the goat, and why the Madchen is holding its tail???

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  1. cverrastro cverrastro, 4 years ago
    "Riding the Goat" was a prank where a novice iniatiate would be given a ride on a real or dummy goat (of the rocking-horse variety) in the Masonic and quasi-Masonic orders. The Madchen "tailing" along probably just meant she was falling for the humilating prank as well. It would have been a way of showing the folly of the gullible Kaiserman.
    See the article on Secret Societies on this very site for an illustration of Riding the Goat. It was an even older Northern European symbol than the late prank, witches and even King Arthur were pictured as riding goats.

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