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Beaker

Beaker

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    15th century-early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, with applied prunts

  • Museum number:

    243-1872

  • Gallery location:

    Glass, room 131, case 14, shelf 1

A krautstrunck [German for cabbage stalk] is a type of barrel-shaped beaker with a low foot. The body of the beaker is decorated with 'prunts'. These are blobs of glass applied by the glassmaker at the furnace while he was shaping the beaker.

The prunts also had a practical purpose, providing a grip for greasy hands during a meal. This was no luxury at a time when forks were not commonly used. Krautstrunck beakers are always made in a particular shade of green glass. The colour is the result of naturally occurring impurities in the raw materials.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

15th century-early 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Glass, with applied prunts

Dimensions

Height: 18.8 cm

Descriptive line

Beaker (Krautstrunk), Germany, 1425-1530

Categories

Glass; Containers

Collection code

CER

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