Hunt Beaker (Jagdhumpen)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Copying scenes from engravings, German glass painters in the 1500s and 1600s painted a wide variety of biblical, allegorical, genre, armorial, erotic, and historical subjects on their vessels. Other themes were so common that they became part of the names of the vessels themselves. For example, this beaker with its scene of four huntsmen chasing stags, hares, a boar, a fox, and a deer, is known as a Jagdhumpen (hunt beaker) because of its subject. Hunting was a popular pastime for the nobility during this period.

One French visitor to Germany in 1688 commented on the Germans' love of drinking vessels:

You must further know, that the Glasses are as much respected in [Germany] as the Wine is beloved. They place them all en Parade...and the glasses are ranged upon the Cornish [cornice] of the Wainscot, like Pipes of Organs. They begin with the little, and end with the great Ones; and these great Ones are always used, and must be emptied at a Draught, when there is any Health of Importance....

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  • Title: Hunt Beaker (Jagdhumpen)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1593
  • Location Created: Central Germany, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 28.9 cm (11 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Free-blown colorless (slightly purplish brown) glass with gold leaf and enamel decoration
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: Dated "1593".
  • Object Type: Beaker
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DK.556
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: German or Bohemian
  • Classification: Decorative Arts