Double Cup

German or Bohemian

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10

This drinking vessel is cleverly designed so that its lid can be used as a sharing cup. The heraldic arms on the lid—three Jewish hats linked at the center—correspond to those of a Jewish family from Zurich. Circling the lid are the names associated with the Magi who, in Christian belief, paid homage to the baby Jesus. Doctors in fourteenth-century Europe, Christians and Jews alike, suggested giving voice to the names "Caspar, Balthasar, Melchior" to promote good health. Inscribed on a drinking cup, the names serve much like a toast.

#46. Double Cup

Double Cup, Silver, gilded silver, and enamel, German or Bohemian

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