Ring Beaker (Ringbecher)

Unknownearly 17th century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This conical vessel would have been used as a wineglass in the 1600s. The three glass rings suspended from loops attached below the lip had no practical function. They do, however, produce a light "tinkling" sound when the glass is lifted. The drinker would thus have had sensations to please both his palate and his ears.

The thick, uneven coils of glass joining the body to the foot pile haphazardly around the vessel. Fragments of similar coil-wound beakers have been found in Germany. Later in the 1600s, their workmanship is usually more orderly.

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  • Title: Ring Beaker (Ringbecher)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: early 17th century
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 12.1 x 7.8 x 8.7 cm (4 3/4 x 3 1/16 x 3 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Free-blown blue-green glass with applied decoration
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Beaker
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DK.531
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Decorative Arts