South Netherlandish / Beaker ('Monkey Cup') / ca. 1425-1450South Netherlandish
Beaker ('Monkey Cup')
ca. 1425-1450

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Creator Nationality: European; Netherlandish
Creator Name-CRT: South Netherlandish
Title: Beaker ('Monkey Cup')
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Creation Start Date: 1425
Creation End Date: 1450
Creation Date: ca. 1425-1450
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Enamels-Painted
Materials and Techniques: Silver, silver-gilt, painted enamel
Dimensions: H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm), D. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 52.50
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1952

One of the finest surviving examples of medieval enamel created for a princely table, this beaker illustrates a popular legend that remarks on the folly of man. A peddler is robbed by a band of apes as he sleeps. The peddler, seen just above the base, fails to stir even as the apes strip away his clothes. Other apes, having taken his goods, cavort in the branches overhead. The beaker originally had a cover. The unusual grisaille (shades of gray) enamel technique is found on several other surviving objects, all of which have been associated with the courts of the dukes of Burgundy.

AMICA ID: MMA_.52.50
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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