Of opaque white glass with slightly blue shade. The ovoid body set on a flat foot. C-shaped handle.
Germany, probably Saxony
First quarter 18th century
H. 19 cm.
Literature: Cf. Rückert, Die Glassammlung des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums München, München 1982, No. 452 (ill.)
Beinglas was discovered in the mid 17th century through alchemistic experiment. Opaque white glass was already known by the Venetians by adding pewter to the glass paste, the so-called milkglass. For the opacity in Beinglas actual bone ash was added and it was even said that human bones were used to produce this slightly blue and heavy white glass.