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Balthazar

Oversize bottle for champagne with the volume of 12 liters or the content of 16 normal bottles. The name derives from Belšazar or Bel-šarru-uṣur (+539 BC), the last king of the new one Babylonian Rich and has nothing to do with one of the "Three Magi". He was a later successor to King Nebuchadnezzar II (605-562 BC). In the Old Testament, he is referred to as his son or grandson, but this is not correct. According to Daniel's book in the Old Testament of Bible he profaned the vessels of Jehovah that Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from the temple in Jerusalem. Belšazar drinks from these vessels and has his gods praised. Then, as if by magic, a flame inscription appeared on the palace wall that only the prophet Daniel knew how to read: "Mene mene tekel u-pharsin". According to Daniel's statement, they mean: “ Mene : Counted, that is, God has counted the days of your royal rule and ended them. Tekel : Weighed, that means you were weighed on the scales and found to be too light. Peres (U-parsin) : Your kingdom and the Persians and the Medes will be divided up “. Belšazar was killed the same night with opium poppies, and his empire was subsequently divided. See also other oversizes below bottles as well as under wine vessels,

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