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Beaker (humpen)

Beaker (humpen)

  • Place of origin:

    Fichtelgebirge, Germany (made)

  • Date:

    late 17th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blown glass, enamelled and gilt

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  • Gallery location:

    Glass, room 131, case 13, shelf 1

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Humpen is the German term used at the time for large, cylindrical communal drinking vessels. They could contain several pints of beer and drinkers would pass them round the table on special occasions. The painted decoration on Humpen often refers to the owner. This one shows a huntsman named Lorentzius Junitzs at the centre of a hunt carried out with nets and dogs driving the game towards the hunter.

Physical description

Large cylindrical glass beaker with enamelled hunting scenes with a huntsman, dogs and stags, a hare and a large net. Attached footrim. The bottom pused up from underneath where there is a rough puntil-mark.

Place of Origin

Fichtelgebirge, Germany (made)


late 17th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Blown glass, enamelled and gilt

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed 'Lorentzius Junitzs' (the name of the huntsman)


Height: 22.9 cm, Diameter: 12.3 cm foot, Diameter: 11.6 cm body

Descriptive line

Beaker (Humpen), Germany, Franconia (Fichtelgebirge area), , 1650-1700

Labels and date

Painted with a hunting scene. The Fichtelgebirge is a mountain range between Upper Franconia in north-east Bavaria and Bohemia. Such glasses were mostly made at Bischofsgrün, Upper Franconia from the mid seventeenth to late eighteenth centuries.




Gilt; Enamelling


Glass; Drinking

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