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Made from the horn of a White African Rhinoceros
Late 17th – Early 18th Century
Size: 8.5cm high, 11cm dia. – 3¾ ins high, 4¼ ins dia.
As a sought after natural history curiosity, rhinoceros horn would have been purchased un-worked and un-set for a very high price as a rare artefact of an exotic land. A court artist would then be commissioned to carve, turn and create the natural horn into a miraculous artefact. ‘Mirabilia’ were just such unconventional objects that produced surprises through technical effect. These wondrous miracles of nature and art satisfy both curiosity and a thirst for knowledge: a need, which can still be identified today.