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Beaker and cover

Beaker and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1470 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled silver gilt

  • Museum number:

    2114:1, 2-1855

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 7 []

The lid of this beaker is surmounted by a hairy wild man clutching a club and shield. This mythical creature was believed to live in woodlands. His enormous strength helped him ward off demons.

Physical description

Plain cup resting on three lions, pierced belt of oak leaves and acorns on body, the cover with two perforated borders of strawberry leaves and Gothic tracery with wild man and club, enamelled boss of two birds and flower inside lid.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1470 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled silver gilt

Dimensions

Height: 27.4 cm, Length: 10 cm, Width: 9.5 cm

Object history note

There may originally have been enamelled bosses on the encircling band around the body, and also at the bottom in place of the flowers.

Descriptive line

Beaker resting on three lions, pierced belt of oak leaves and acorns on body, the cover with wild man and club, silver-gilt, Germany, ca. 1470

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lightbown, R. W., Durer and the Goldsmiths Art. Apollo, July 1971

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
The lid of this beaker is surmounted by a hairy wild man clutching a club and shield. This mythical creature was believed to live in woodlands. His enormous strength helped him ward off demons. [26/11/2002]

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Gilded; Enamelled

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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