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As I can't imagine that there is absolutely no connection between picture and inscription I would, judging by your description of the picture, rather make an educated guess in the direction of courtly love where the Troubadours have to woo for the favor of their sweetheart. And the choice of the mistress is strongly biased and influenced by the skills of ...


The inscription would be Erst prob's, dann lob's! meaning "try it first, then praise it." It seems a pretty common inscription for German biersteins.


The inscription should read: Erst prob’s, dann lob’s. It is a saying recommending to first try something (proben, probieren) before (possibly) appraising it. Regarding the pictures, I don’t think they are related to the inscription specifically. A web search for the phrase turns up quite a number of steins with varying decorations.

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