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Glass "Claw" Beaker

5th–6th century
Overall: 7 3/8 x 4 1/4in. (18.7 x 10.8cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Most Frankish glass vessels display simple shapes and minimal color, with decoration generally limited to trails applied to the glass. Among a number of innovative forms, the most elaborate was the claw beaker, decorated with protruding clawlike forms.
Found in Bellenberg-Vöhringen (Bavaria), Germany.; Jules Charvet, Paris; Henry G. Marquand, New York (until 1881)
Froehner, Wilhelm. La verrerie antique: Déscription de la Collection Charvet. Le Pecq: Jules Charvet, 1879. no. 125, p. 116, pl. XXXII.

Kisa, Anton. Das Glas im Altertume. Hiersemanns Handbücher, Vol. 2. Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann, 1908. p. 487.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. "Zur Geschichte des frankischen Russelbechers." Wallraf-Richartz Jahrbuch 7-8 (1933-1934). no. 1, p. 22.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A Special Exhibition of Glass from the Museum Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936. p. 19, fig. 17.

Franken, Marlis. Die Alamannen zwischen Iller und Lech. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1944. p. 53, fig. 2.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. pp. 271, 280-281, fig. 22.5.

Whitehouse, David. Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. Corning, NY: Corning Museum of Glass, 2010. no. 14, p. 113.

Hourihane, Colum P., ed. The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture. Vol. 4. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. p. 270, pl. VII, fig. 1.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. p. 182.

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