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Tankard with the Judgment of Solomon, David with the Head of Goliath, and Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Relief decoration from molds by Frans Trac, German (active Siegburg), active 1559 - 1568

Made in Siegburg, Germany, Europe


Stoneware with traces of salt glaze

9 3/4 × 4 3/4 × 3 13/16 inches (24.8 × 12.1 × 9.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 354a, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Purchased with Museum Funds, 1876

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The tall sides of this tankard form—known as a Schnelle, a specialty of Siegburg workshops—are well suited to the application of reliefs based on prints. The Judgment of Solomon in the upper medallion of each vertical decorative panel is based on a woodcut of the same subject in Virgil Solis’s Biblische Figuren, also in this case. This object is also notable as an early acquisition of German stoneware by the Museum.

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