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Puzzle bottle

Date:
16th–17th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Lead-glazed earthenware
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 × 9 in. (25.4 × 22.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.2213
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
Crossing class boundaries and spanning centuries, drinking games remain enduringly popular. At the opposite end of the spectrum from the refined Diana automaton displayed nearby, this puzzle bottle for the low end of the market provided slapstick entertainment: the puzzle involves deciding which spout to drink from without getting showered from the others. Its decorative coloration was simply and quickly achieved by spattering multiple glazes against the bottle before firing.

[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]
Julien Gréau , Paris ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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