Tantalus as Joke Vessel

ca. 1580/90, Artist: Christoph Gandtner



Tantalus as Joke Vessel

The colourful ceramic objects of the South Tyrolean master potter Christoph Gandtner, whose works also interested Emperor Rudolph II, appear to be small functionless sculptures but could be used as drinking vessels. For that purpose, either the head was removed or the figure turned over. The associated difficulty in drinking, like the interpretation of the subjects represented, provided entertainment at court festivities.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXIV

Object data

Object Name

Joke Vessel; Statuette




ca. 1580/90


Christoph Gandtner (gest. 1605 Meran) - GND


Tin-glazed earthenware


H. 26,6 cm, L. 17 cm, B. 18 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 3155

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