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Imperial Eagle Beaker (Reichsadlerhumpen)
Bohemian or German
Central Germany (possibly) Germany Europe Bohemia (probably) Czech Republic Europe (Place created)
Free-blown colorless (greenish-brown) glass with gold leaf and enamel decoration
29.2 cm (11 1/2 in.)
One of the most common themes used to decorate German enameled glasses during the 1500s and 1600s was the Reichsadleror Imperial Eagle. The decoration symbolized the unity of the
The Reichsadlerhumpenwas often used as a "welcome glass" and was intended to be used at fraternal celebrations. A gentleman, appropriately dubbing himself Blasius Multibibus ("who drinks a lot"), wrote in 1616:
One must demand to be surrounded by merry young fellows and good friends, wipe the dust off the Roman Empire [beaker] and other drinking [vessels], and thus get on with merry tippling and carousals.