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Tankard

Artist:
Hans Nicolaus Müllner (German, active 1644–88)
Date:
late 17th century
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Silver, partly gilded
Dimensions:
11 x 10 7/8 in. (27.9 x 27.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of James Hazen Hyde, 1959
Accession Number:
59.208.72
Not on view
The oval reliefs on the side and the lid of this monumental tankard contain allegories of four continents: Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Like the Four Elements (see the Hungarian charger with this motif on display nearby), these personifications were an important part of Baroque imagery. The volume of this large tankard is very unusual for Nuremberg silver, suggesting it was specially commissioned for ritual drinking ceremonies at the festivities of a corporation or civic club. Objects of this size appear more often in Scandinavian countries and along the Baltic coast.
Marking: [1] (maker's mark) (See catalogue card)
[2] N in a circle (Nuremberg town mark, 1650-1700)
[3] Weevil in rectangle (French mark for work imported from countries with customs conventions, 1873 to present.)

Location of marks:
[1] and [2] on underside and on outside of cover rim
[3] on rim of cover
James Hazen Hyde
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