On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551

A wave pattern, suggestive of rippling water in a slight breeze or a lamb’s fleecy coat, covers the body of this beaker. This type of decoration is unique to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Hungarian and Transylvanian silver. It is a variation of the snakeskin pattern: both are designed to provide better grip. A closely-related beaker formerly in the collection of Yves Saint Laurent is numbered, as are other examples, which indicates it was part of a larger set. The present example was once in the Andrássy collection.

Beaker, Silver, partly gilded, Hungarian

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