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Beaker (Maigelein)

late 15th century
Made in Valley of the Lower Rhine, Germany
Mold-blown glass
H. 2 3/16 in. (5.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1985
Accession Number:
Not on view
Although the original meaning of the term is uncertain, a Maigelein is generally a small shallow beaker used for drinking wine or other distilled beverages. The surface decoration of both vessels was achieved by rolling a hot gather of glass against a patterned surface. Because these ordinary vessels were little valued, few have survived intact.
Dr. Leopold Seligmann, Cologne ; [his sale, Sotheby's, London(June 30, 1932, lots 31-35, 37, or 38)] ; A. von Frey, Paris ; [ Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (sold 1985) ]
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages," March 28, 1975–June 15, 1975.

Husband, Timothy B., and Jane Hayward, ed. The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975. no. 33, p. 42.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Fifteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1984, through June 30, 1985." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 115 (1985). p. 44.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 277, p. 218.

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