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Pilgrim Flask with the Corpus Christi

Date:
1490–1510
Geography:
Made in Lower or Middle Rhine, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Free-blown glass with applied decoration
Dimensions:
7 1/2 × 4 5/16 × 3 7/16 in. (19.1 × 10.9 × 8.7 cm)
Mouth (ID): 11/16 in. (1.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Vessels
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.647
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
This vessel resembles a pilgrim’s bottle, with loops on its shoulders for attachment to a cord or strap. Exceptionally, however, a hollow, free-blown image of Jesus crucified (Corpus Christi) is attached to the flask. His body could thus be filled with wine or any other liquid poured into the bottle. The function of this unusual glass is not known. Could it have been used in church celebrations of the Feast of Corpus Christi?
Said to have been found in Cologne in the 1950s; Private collection, Cologne (from the 1950s) ; Private Collection, Germany (in the 1970s) ; Kai Schmidt, Cologne (until 2010) ; [ Rainer Zietz Limited, London (2010–13)]
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