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Beaker (Krautstrunk)

late 15th or early 16th century
Made in possibly the Valley of the Lower Rhine, Germany
Free-blown glass with applied decoration
Overall: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Eugen Grabscheid, 1977
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
While primarily intended as drinking vessels, small Krautstrünke of this type were often used as altar reliquaries. The relic was placed inside the vessel, which was then sealed with wax. Seals impressed into the wax often provide a means of dating the vessel.
Oscar Bondy, Vienna (collection confiscated by Nazi officials in 1938) ; restituted to his widow, Elizabeth Bondy, New York (by 1950) ; Dr. Eugen Grabscheid(until 1977)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred and Eighth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1977 through June 30, 1978." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 108 (1978). p. 50.

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