Trunk Cups - Glass Art of the Early Middle Ages
The blue trunk cup is a piece that decorates every festive table. In the early Middle Ages between the 6th and 7th centuries such cups were extremely popular, which is not surprising considering their beauty and elegance. With this cup you acquire an absolutely authentic cup, which is also excellently suitable for the representation of medieval scenes. Especially in the higher layers such a noble drinking vessel makes an impression and corresponds completely to the fashion of the early Middle Ages.
Details: Blue glass snout cup
- height 19 cm, diameter: 10 cm
- two rich trunks on top of each other
- hollow blown trunk
- Cup is covered with glass threads
- Original at the British Museum, London
This impressive piece was made in a traditional way: The hollow blown trunks run out downwards and give the cup its unique look. Due to the manufacturing method each cup is a unique specimen, which testifies to high craftsmanship. The cup is smaller at the bottom and has a stable stand due to its foot. The richly decorated glass is wrapped next to the trunks with fine glass threads, which spiral around the cup. The high quality of the blue glass gives the cup an authentic look. A striking piece that radiates great elegance.
From the Lower Rhine to the whole of Europe
In the land of the Franks there was a rich knowledge about the production of glass art in the Middle Ages. The imaginative form with its numerous filigree trunks seems to have been inspired by Roman cups. In Roman cups, the trunks can sometimes still be identified as sea animals or even dolphins - but in the Middle Ages they became abstract decorations. These cups still impress today and are more than drinking vessels - they are ornamental works of art. Probably for this reason they were exported from the Lower Rhine to the whole of Europe.
It all depends on the details - and they are absolutely harmonious with this wonderful trophy. If you are still looking for the right drinking vessel for the festive table, you are very well advised with this piece. It is extremely impressive when the trunks fill up with the liquid when the cup is filled. In order to achieve this effect, great skill is required in production. A cup that testifies to your good taste and sense of glass art.
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