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Drinking Vessel (Hanap; one of a pair)

Made in possibly Toulouse, France
Silver, silver gilt, translucent enamel, and opaque enamel
Overall: 6 x 1 1/2 in. (15.2 x 3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
Hanaps, or drinking vessels for wine, are frequently mentioned in 14th-century inventories. Few have survived, however, as silver plate was often melted down to realize funds for the owner. Wine, customarily diluted throughout the Middle Ages, was poured to the top of the boss and then water was added to the flare of the bowl, roughly in the proportion of four to one.
Victor Gay, Paris (sold 1909) ; [his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris (March 26, 1909, no. 241)] ; R. W. M. Walker, Esq., London (sold 1945) ; [his sale, Christie's, London(July 10-11, 1945, lot 110)] ; Private Collection ; [ Christie's, London(December 9, 1980, lot 19)] ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd., London] ; [ Blumka Gallery, New York (sold 1982)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1981-1982 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1982). pp. 19-20.

Kleinbauer, Walter Eugene. "Recent Major Acquisitions of Medieval Art by American Museums." Gesta 22, no. 2 (1983). p. 172, fig. 6.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 170, p. 142.

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