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Drinking Bowl (Maigelein)

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Drinking Bowl (Maigelein)






Germany (Place Created)


15th century


Mold-blown dark green glass

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4.9 × 9 cm (1 15/16 × 3 9/16 in.)

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Object Description

Small drinking bowls decorated with a cross-ribbed patterns survive in enormous numbers, although most are now in fragments. They seem to have been widely used in many homes of the 1400s and early 1500s. Made of Waldglas, or forest glass, they were produced in rural workshops located in forests where there were large supplies of wood to fuel the glass furnaces.

The forest factories mainly produced utilitarian wares: simple vessels, bottles and containers, and window glass. Scholars know that many glasshouses dotted the forests, but the workshops' exact locations remain largely unknown.


Rademacher, Franz. "Die gotischen Gläser der Sammlung Seligmann-Köln." Pantheon 8 (1931), pp. 290-94, fig. 3 (upper left).

Rademacher, Franz. Die deutschen Gläser des Mittelalters (Berlin, 1933), pp. 94ff, pl. 22c.

Vávra, Jaroslave. Das Glas und die Jahrtausende (Prague, 1951), no. 95, pl. 38.

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 247, no. 199.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 242, no. 423.

Hess, Catherine, and Timothy Husband. European Glass in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), pp. 30-31, no. 2.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 224, no. 454.