Footed Beaker (Stangenglas)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This is one of the finest examples of a glass engraved with humans and animals, in this case depicting particularly lascivious scenes with great precision and delicacy. On one side, a naked woman holds a sheet of music and a conductor's baton above her head. A clothed man behind her grabs her breast with his left hand and draws a large bow across her as if she were a stringed instrument. On the other side, another naked woman holds a fox's bushy tail between her legs, while a dog leers at her with his tongue hanging out. These subjects, which may have been copied from engravings, were popular in northern Europe for their symbolism and sexual innuendo. The inscribed words make the images still more explicit.

The term Stangenglas,deriving from the German word for "pole" or "stalk," describes the vessel's tall and narrow shape. These glasses were used for alcoholic beverages, especially beer.

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  • Title: Footed Beaker (Stangenglas)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1600
  • Location Created: Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic
  • Physical Dimensions: 34.5 cm (13 9/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Free-blown colorless (slightly brown) glass with diamond-point engraving
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: Dated "1600" twice on central zone of vessel wall.
  • Object Type: Beaker
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DK.559
  • Inscription: Inscription: In the upper parallel bands, engraved, "FRISCH.AUF.JUNG.GESEL.WOL.GEMUDT.GAR.WOL / MIR.DAS.FIEDELN.THUT". Inscribed over the couple, "Lieb haben und nicht genissenn / Thut manchen gar sehr ver / drissen / Ich aber / thu genissen dass thut ganz nicht vordriessen" Inscribed over the naked woman, "Halte feste, Es kom / men Frembde geste / Frisch auf."
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Bohemian
  • Classification: Decorative Arts