Nuremberg bowl, brass, 16th century

Nuremberg bowl.

Germany, Nuremberg, 16th Century

Brass.

Wed 35.5 cm.

Preservation condition: present damage and signs of repair.

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2 500 zł tax incl.

The bowl has a wide collar with an turned up edge. The bottom of the bowl is decorated: in the center a round lock surrounded by ten more arranged radially. The composition is surrounded by a half-roll. The rest of the bottom is smooth. Collar decorated with an arcaded frieze right on the shore.

Nuremberg bowls - decorated metal vessels, the main center of their production was located in Nuremberg. In 1493, bowl breakers were given the status of a guild, only Nuremberg townspeople could do it. In 1618, the law was repealed and the craft collapsed. The bowls were widely used. In the houses of the poorer townspeople, they were only decoration, in the richer they were used for washing hands, they were used by barbers during their work. In the 17th century, when they began to go out of fashion, they were eagerly handed over to churches, where they served as sacrificial or baptismal bowls for ashes or earth.

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