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Pilgrim Flask with the Corpus Christi

Date:
1490–1510
Geography:
Made in Lower or Middle Rhine, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Free-blown glass with applied decoration
Dimensions:
7 1/2 × 4 5/16 × 3 7/16 in. (19.1 × 10.9 × 8.7 cm) Mouth (ID): 11/16 in. (1.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Vessels
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.647
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
The form of this vessel resembles a pilgrim’s bottle with loops on its shoulders for attachment to a cord or strap. A hollow free-blown corpus of Christ is attached to a central indentation and connected to the vessel proper. The corpus could thus be filled with wine or any other liquid poured into the bottle. The function of this unusual vessel is not clear, and only one comparable example is known. The distinctive bluish green color is similar to that of other glassware excavated along the Rhine River in the vicinity of Mainz.
Said to have been found in Cologne in the 1950s; Private collection, Cologne(from the 1950s) ; Private Collection, Germany(in the 1970s) ; Kai Schmidt, Cologne (until 2010) ; [ Rainer Zietz Limited, London (2010–13)]
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