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Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
Covered Filigrana Beaker (Stangenglas)
Italian and/or German
Augsburg Germany Façon de Venise Germany Venice Veneto Italy (Place created)
1550 - 1600; mount about 1710 - 1712
Free- and mold-blown colorless glass with lattimo canes, and applied decoration; silver-gilt mounts
30.5 cm (12 in.)
Engraved around the silver-gilt lip of this covered beaker are the German words SEI WILLKUMEN MEIN HAUS--SEZ AN UND TRINK AUS--TRAG FRID NIT HINAUS (Welcome to my house--put me to your lips and drink me dry--don't take contentment away). The beaker held a large quantity of beer that was often shared communally.
An Italian craftsman working either in Murano, a Venetian island, or in a German glasshouse made the delicate filigree glass beaker. Around 1685 a German silversmith in Augsburg added the silver-gilt mounts and the cover, topped with the figure of Judith holding the head of Holofernes.
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