Thursday, July 30, 2015
Oh Gawsh, Beware the Horrid Krampus!
Somehow, that basket is the scariest part of the whole presentation for me. I don't think I want to know what's in there.
...... Measuring 15 ½” tall this antique, early 20th century, Devil Candy Container is called a Krampus. According to traditional Alpine folklore, the figure Krampus punishes children during the Christmas season who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus would seek out all the naughty children so they may be punished. Punishments range from gifts of coal to thrashing with birch branches, which he holds in his hands. The chains in the other hand were for binding children and dragging them to Hell! ... Made in Germany during the early 20th century, this large Krampus Devil Doll measures 15 ½” tall to the top of his rabbit fur hair. In the close-up photograph you can see where two horns once were, that stuck up through the fur. The painted head is made from composition and he has a cloth tongue. It has a cloth covered body with a coarse wool pile and he is standing on a 3” by 5” wood base. In the front is a gold painted splint basket candy container with a drawstring cloth top. ...