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Glass "Claw" Beaker

Date:
5th–6th century
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 3/8 x 4 1/4in. (18.7 x 10.8cm)
Classification:
Glass-Vessels
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.189
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Most Frankish glass vessels display simple shapes and minimal color, with decoration generally limited to trails applied to the glass. Among a number of innovative forms, the most elaborate was the claw beaker, decorated with protruding clawlike forms.
Found in Bellenberg-Vöhringen (Bavaria), Germany.; Jules Charvet, Paris; Henry G. Marquand, New York (until 1881)
Froehner, Wilhelm. La verrerie antique: Déscription de la Collection Charvet. Le Pecq: Jules Charvet, 1879. no. 125, p. 116, pl. XXXII.

Kisa, Anton. Das Glas im Altertume. Hiersemanns Handbücher, Vol. 2. Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann, 1908. p. 487.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. "Zur Geschichte des frankischen Russelbechers." Wallraf-Richartz Jahrbuch 7-8 (1933-1934). no. 1, p. 22.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A Special Exhibition of Glass from the Museum Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936. p. 19, fig. 17.

Franken, Marlis. Die Alamannen zwischen Iller und Lech. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1944. p. 53, fig. 2.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. pp. 271, 280-281, fig. 22.5.

Whitehouse, David. Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. Corning, NY: Corning Museum of Glass, 2010. no. 14, p. 113.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. p. 182.



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