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Artist/maker unknown, German

Made in Germany, Europe

17th century

Blown potassium-lime glass with applied spiral decoration of milled trailing; kicked-in base

12 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (31.8 x 14 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 214, American Art, second floor, Case 18, Continental Glass

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Credit Line:
Gift of the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2004

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This beaker belongs to a popular type of German household glassware associated with festivities in which vessels were passed from one participant to another. The tall shape and spiral decoration have inspired other names—Stangenglas (pole-shaped glass) and Bandwurmglas (tapeworm glass)—that are commonly applied to this form.

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