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Double Cup

Date:
1325–50
Geography:
Made in possibly Prague
Culture:
German or Bohemian
Medium:
Silver, silver gilt, and opaque enamel
Dimensions:
Overall (together): 3 x 4 15/16 x 4 3/16 in. (7.6 x 12.5 x 10.7 cm)
Bowl only: 2 5/16 x 4 15/16 x 4 3/16 in. (5.8 x 12.5 x 10.7 cm)
Lid only: 1 7/16 x 3 3/4 in. (3.6 x 9.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.125a, b
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
The only known example of its type and date, this double cup is inscribed with the names of the Three Kings—"Caspar + Melchior + Waltazar"—and was probably used for traditional toasts on the Feast of the Epiphany, which marks their arrival in Bethlehem. The heraldic devices are unidentified, but one on the upper section also appears on one of a set of beakers excavated near the residence of Emperor Charles IV at Kutná Hora, near Prague. The hats on the coat of arms correspond to those worn by Jews but do not necessarily indicate that the cup’s owners were Jews, since Gentiles and Jewish converts used similar emblems.
#46. Double Cup
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Inscription: Inscription: + CAPAR + MELCHIOR + WALTAZAR
[ Sotheby's, London British (March 7, 1983, no. 167)] ; [ Sotheby's, London British (sold 1983) ]
Prague, Czech Republic. Picture Gallery, Prague Castle. "Karel IV., císař boží milosti: kultura a umění za vlády posledních lucemburků 1347-1437," February 16, 2006–May 21, 2006.

Ulm, Germany. Ulmer Museum. "Glaubensfragen: Chatrooms auf dem Weg in die Neuzeit," February 26, 2016–July 3, 2016.

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