In a way, bell beakers and giant beakers have something in common with the tankards and beer steins of historical Europe - they are very large. In fact, the word 'tankard' suggests a 'drinking barrel'. In the same way that some bell beakers became ridiculously large, so too are some beer steins cartoonishly large, in Germany no less.
|Leave it to the Germans. (a Risenbecher - Commons)|
The answer my lie with a Beaker cultural system that is replete with subtle metaphors that express a new and different worldview. Although there are several aspects of the beaker that are intriguing, at least this one suggests a life of plenty.
Symbolism, Metaphors and the Beaker Underworld
Crux in the 3rd Millennium
Tablet Weaves and Pottery
Cerveza for your Ciempozuelos