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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:German or Dutch
Title:Covered thumb-beaker (Daumenglas)
Date Made:19th century
Type:Container
Materials:Free blown glass
Accession Number:  AC 1981.2
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. Preston Bassett (Class of 1913)
1981-2.jpg

Label Text:
It’s hard to resist reaching forward and grasping this large drinking glass: its circular indentations (or “cups”) are perfectly shaped for thumbs and fingers. Called a Daumenglas or Daumenhumpen, most drinking barrels of this type were used for beer, and were likely passed around in a communal fashion. The green hue of the vessel suggests that it is made of Waldglas (forest glass), derived from rural glasshouses in the Germanic region or the Netherlands, where the sand from which it was made contains iron impurities that result in the greenish color seen here.
AH, 2014

Tags:
alcohol; containers; drinking

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