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early 16th century
Made in probably Lower Rhineland, Germany
Free- and mold-blown glass with applied decoration
Overall: 3 9/16 x 3 1/4 in. (9 x 8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1983
Accession Number:
Not on view
By the beginning of the fifteenth century glass was increasingly the material of choice for drinking vessels, replacing cruder ones of wood and earthenware and sometimes more expensive metal ones. Surviving glass vessels, as well as representations of them in manuscript illuminations, prints, and panel paintings, indicate that glass forms grew more and more sophisticated about 1500. In this especially well-preserved example, the body of the beaker, with its prunted decoration (the applied "blobs" of glass), is surmounted by a wide, flaring lip that has been textured in a mold. The vessel's green color derives from the iron content of river sand, which was the primary ingredient for glass. Northern European forests provided ample supplies of fuel and ash, also required for glassmaking.
William Cornwallis Cartwright 1830–1917, Northampton, England ; Elizabeth Cartwright, London (by descent–until 1975) ; [ Sotheby's, London(July 14, 1975, lot 265)] ; [ Rainer Zietz Limited, London (sold 1983)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1982-1983 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1983). pp. 24-25.

Parker, Elizabeth C. "Recent Major Acquisitions of Medieval Art by American Museums." Gesta 23, no. 1 (1984). p. 71, fig. 11.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 288, p. 227.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. no. 124, pp. 170, 199.

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