In many cultures the deer has been given symbolic meaning. Traditionally it has been associated with the cycle of nature, with destruction and resurrection, because in spring it abrades its old antlers until it hangs them in bloody tatters, giving a new antler the chance to grow. The blood red colour was reminiscent of fire and sunshine.
The Buddhists remember how the Buddha first explained his doctrine of salvation in the deer park in Benares, and thus set in motion the wheel of rebirth. Hence deer are often depicted on either side of the wheel of rebirth; thus they became a symbol of meditation, gentleness and goodness. With the Chinese, the deer is a symbol of long life, of happiness, of career and money (in the Chinese language, 'deer' and 'money' sound the same); also of immortality. The dragon is also called 'the heavenly deer'. With Greeks and Romans it is mainly associated with the (gods of) hunting: Apollo, Diana, Aphrodite. With Hittites it belongs to the most important animals of mythology. The supreme god, who is at the same time the god of hunting and happiness, rides a deer. He is the two-pointed deity, invented in the antlers. In Indians the deer is a symbol of speed; of a firm, accurate foot that does not waver. In Celts it is associated with the sun; it has healing power, symbol of masculine power. That is why warriors go into battle in deerskins, and priests are also shrouded in the skin of a deer.
The vase is blown in clear glass with the decorated part matted and coloured with sepia patina. The vase is still clear and in sublime condition.