Rare Large German Turned Blonde Rhinoceros Horn Goblet
Rare Large German Turned Blonde Rhinoceros Horn Goblet
Rare Large German Turned Blonde Rhinoceros Horn Goblet
Rare Large German Turned Blonde Rhinoceros Horn Goblet

Rare Large German Turned Blonde Rhinoceros Horn Goblet

1600 to 1700 Germany

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A Very Rare Large German Turned Blonde Rhinoceros Horn Goblet
Old smooth silky pale honey coloured patina
17th Century

Size: 15cm high, 12.5cm dia. - 6 ins high, 5 ins dia.

weight: 299 grams
Provenance:
Ex Belgian collection

See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 9, item 12, and catalogue no. 10, item 128, for other examples
A passionate collector of curiosities, the Emperor Rudolf II of Prague (1552-1612) owned a collection of 13 turned rhinoceros horn drinking vessels, one of which, now in Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, he had made himself. He believed them to be unique in having the magical ability to detect the presence of poison. Goblets and wine cups made of rhinoceros horn became extremely popular amongst the Princely courts of Renaissance Europe, not only for their powers of detection, but because rhinoceros horn was also considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac, a belief that had already been held in the Middle East and Asia for centuries.
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Rhinoceros Horn
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