A Rare German Turned Rhinoceros Horn Footed Beaker

A Rare German Turned Rhinoceros Horn Footed Beaker

1600 to 1700 Germany

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A Rare German Turned Rhinoceros Horn Footed Beaker
Late 17th Century

Size: 7cm high, 7.5cm dia. – 2¾ ins high, 3 ins dia.
cf Finch and Co catalogue no. 9, item no’s 12,40,89 for other examples
Rhinoceros horn was regarded in the 17th century as an exotic natural substance with powerful amuletic properties. The members of the Princely Courts of Renaissance Europe, notably Rudolf II of Prague, had drinking vessels carved from Rhinoceros horn for its magical ability to detect a poisoned substance and for its power to heal the princely melancholia.
Dimensions
Height 7.00 cm (2.76 inches)
Diameter 7.50 (2.95 inches)
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