Small Drinking Cup (krause)

German, Nuremberg

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

At a time when grottoes were the fascination of princes and artists in Renaissance Germany, Nuremberg potters experimented with a variety of textures to evoke natural forms. Known as a Krause, the small cup is covered in a textured surface possibly comprised of fired ceramics or crushed pieces of stone. Held up by three feet in the form of pomegranates, a symbol of fertility, the vessel may have served as a marriage cup.

Small Drinking Cup (krause), Salt-glazed earthenware; silver and gilded silver mounts, German, Nuremberg

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