Two double standing cups (trussing cups)

Probably Simon Pissinger

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

Double cups like this one, which detach at the center to be used as separate goblets, were employed to celebrate both political and matrimonial unions. These cups were part of a silver cache discovered in 1869 in the false wall of a Regensburg home, where they had been hidden in the 1630s to protect them from looting during the Thirty Years’ War, one of the most destructive conflicts in European history. Starting in 1618, the intermittent warfare involved all major powers fighting for religious, dynastic, and commercial causes, transforming Central Europe into ruinous battlefields until 1648.

Two double standing cups (trussing cups), Probably Simon Pissinger (active 1582–1609), Gilded silver, German, Regensburg

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