- Quintessential gift for the Spanish traveler or fan
- Two cups with ceramic stirrers
- Ideal for sipping or displaying
- Adorned with the famous Osborne bull of Spain
- Brightly colored and sturdy
Sip coffee, tea and cocoa out of a bright, bold mug displaying one of the most celebrated icons of Spain. Regarded as the unofficial national symbol of the country, the Osborne bull is a legendary figure around the region and abroad. Gift this unique souvenir to the lover of Spain in your life.
If you’ve ever driven the main thoroughfares of Spain, you’re sure to have spotted the towering silhouette of the Osborne bull. Gracing the hills and countrysides since 1956, this striking black beast has a storied past.
It started as an advertising campaign to promote a brandy specific to Jerez in Andalusia, Spain. The creatives wanted to try something innovative with the logo, so enlisted the help of Andalucian artist Manolo Prieto. Prieto designed a 4-foot tall wooden bull displaying the brand’s name in lieu of just an everyday billboard. What began as 16 wooden bulls perched along the roads grew to 500 looming, metal bulls hovering around the country by the early 1960s.
Due to controversy with the Traffic Department, new laws were passed in the 1990s that prohibited roadside advertising, but the bulls had become such a symbol of Spanish culture that the public resisted their removal. Eventually, Osborne and the government reached a solution. The bulls could remain if they were at least 150 meters from the road. To compensate, they grew 12 meters in height and 4000kg in weight!
If you can’t make the journey to see the remaining 89 bulls that stand today, consider bringing a smaller version into your kitchen cabinet with this charming and functional keepsake.