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Tankard

Artist:
Images based on printed designs by Dietrich Mayer (Swiss, 1572–1658)
Date:
1649
Culture:
Swiss, Zurich
Medium:
Gilded silver, reverse-painted glass (verre églomisé)
Dimensions:
Overall (with handle): 7 1/8 × 6 5/8 × 5 1/2 in. (18.1 × 16.8 × 14 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.178
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
This heavy silver tankard unites material worth with prized artistry. Extraordinarily innovative in technique and design compared to the nearly contemporary chalice displayed nearby, it has curved glass panels painted with figurative scenes set like windows in the tankard form with hinged lid and handle. Privileging the user, the vessel would have revealed other paintings on the interior as the contents were drunk: of a mythological hero, perhaps Hercules, and of a nude lady in an arbor.

[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]
Inscription: On glass reverse-painted disc cemented to mirror and basal edge of interior conical glass form: Herr Hans Heinrich Rahn, dess Raths und obman gemeiner-Closter amhteren, der Statt Zürich-Vrauw Ursula Escherin Sein Ehegemahel, Hans Cunrad, Hans Rudolph, Hans Heinrich, Elsbetha, Regula, Anna, Dorothea, Ursula und Johanes ihre Geliebte kinder, Diser seit imt Leben Anno Domini 1649
Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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