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The Cup of ‘88

The standing cup bears polychromed enamel decoration depicting the birth and potential death of the world, expressed through religious and secular iconography. One side of the cup depicts a couple raising a child above their shoulders. To the left of the couple are a seated cow and a tree of...

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Using cloisons, text below rim of cup reads " + ET NOS INDUCAS IN TENTATIONEM, SE LIBERA NOS A MALO" ["And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"]. On body of the cup, to the right of the angel Gabriel, "1988;" to the right of Adam and Eve, "GENESIS / 1 . 26. 28. 28." On stem of cup, to left of skeleton, is "GENESIS / 1.27."


The artist's single letter monogram, an "S" within a circle, colored to appear as the symbol of yin and yang, is formed with cloison wire, and appears below the year "1988" on the cup.


The artist gave the cup in 1991 to her son Hans Zeitner and his wife, Therese, who made it a gift to the Museum in 1999.

Credit Line

Gift in honor of Margarete Seeler


Object Place

Kennebunkport, Maine, United States

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver gilt, gold wire, polychrome enamel, ivory




Silver hollowware