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Bowl of a Drinking Cup

Date:
late 12th century
Geography:
Made in England or Scandinavia
Culture:
British or Scandinavian
Medium:
Silver, silver gilt, and niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/8 x 6 7/8 in. (7.9 x 17.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1947
Accession Number:
47.101.31
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
With its lively nude male figures and dragons entwined in foliage, this bowl was likely a part of a secular drinking cup rather than a ciborium (a vessel that holds the Host) or a chalice for use in the Mass, as was once thought. Between the principle compartments inhabited by the nude figures and dragons are smaller areas with basilisks. The heads of the men and beasts are in high relief, and the bands between the compartments and the palmette frieze below the rim are crisply rendered. The decoration of the bowl has parallels in twelfth-century English art, but similar pieces have also been found in Sweden. This example was discovered near the Ob' River in Siberia, an indication of how objects in Middle Ages sometimes circulated far from their place of manufacture.
Alexander Petrovich Basilevsky, Paris (1878–1885) ; State Hermitage Museum(from 1885) ; [ Nicolas Brimo, Paris (sold 1934)] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1934–1947)]
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