Object Place: Europe, Italy
15.2 cm (6 in.)
Medium or Technique
Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 219.4)
Lower part of bowl ribbed with projecting points; three loops with blue rings.
Taste, smell, sight, hearing, and touch-all the senses come together in the famous glassware of Venice. The taste and smell of a liquid like red wine was enhanced by the broad bowl; the color of the wine was seen through the clear or colored glass, which was blown or molded into elegant shapes; the experience was sometimes accompanied even by the sound of the tinkling of little rings-like the blue ones on one of these goblets-as the glass was raised to the lips.
Bequest of George Washington Wales