Plan fragments pichets et gobelets © FCC
Fragments pichets et gobelets © FCC  Sarah Vez
Fragments pichets et gobelets © FCC  Sarah Vez
Fragments pichets et gobelets © FC  Sarah Vez

Item of the month of September 2019

Fragments of medieval pitchers and cups.
During the excavations he carried out at Chillon castle™ at the beginning of the 20th century, the vaudois archaeologist Albert Naef discovered the fragments of many drinking containers. Most of them date from the medieval period.

The fragments found are made of different materials. Some of them are made of ceramics and were part of drinking vessels. Several typical elements - such as their shape for instance - allow us to date their realization during the 13th century. In 1904, Albert Naef had a reconstruction of a pitcher made from several fragments. He also discovered hobnail beakers, named after the small discs that were stored at regular intervals along the glass barrel. This type of drinking glass was used in eastern France, southern Germany and Switzerland between the end of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th century. They then replace the pitchers as drinking containers and indicate an evolution in the way people drink; the enhancement of the liquid content reflects aesthetic concerns that are also related to pleasure (contemplation before tasting). These elegant cups were themselves replaced during the 15th century by so-called "Strangenglas" glasses, which consisted of a glass cord wound in a spiral at the foot.

Pitcher (replica)
13th century
Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire, Lausanne

Pitcher fragments
13th century
Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire, Lausanne
PM/0064 ab, PM/0065 ab, PM/0066, PM/0076

Hobnail beakers
13th-14th centuries
Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire, Lausanne
PM/1251 ab, PM/1284, PM/1287, PM/1371, PM/1377

'Strangenglas' style beakers
14th-15th centuries
Musée cantonale d'archéologie et d'histoire, Lausanne
PM/1142, PM/1282

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