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Images based on printed designs by Dietrich Mayer (Swiss, 1572–1658)
Swiss, Zurich
Silver gilt, verre églomisé
Overall (with handle): 7 1/8 × 6 5/8 × 5 1/2 in. (18.1 × 16.8 × 14 cm)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
The arms on the lid (Rahn impaling Escher) are those of Hans Heinrich Rahn (1593–1669), who married Ursula Escher in 1612. He became a Burghermaster of Zurich in 1655. The personification of Faith, Hope, and Charity are variants of the figures in an engraving by Dietrich Meyer. Better known as painter and engraver, Meyer is thought to have learned the verre eglomise technique from the Zurich master Hans Jakob Sprungli.
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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