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drinking-horn

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.3127

  • Description

    Drinking horn, mounted in copper gilt. The expanding mouth bears an inscription with leaves between the words. A band engraved with foliage passes round the middle of the horn, and from it proceed two bird's claws forming the feet of the vessel, the third being a quatrefoil-shaped projection. The end of the mount is curved inwards and terminates in a hexagonal rosette.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 15thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 16.6 centimetres
    • Length: 17 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Black Letter
      • Inscription Position

        rim
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        potvm devs benedicat
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Read and Tonnochy 1928, 'Catalogue of Silver Plate' (Franks Bequest):
    Drinking-horns of this type are not uncommon in Denmark and Norway, and a large collection of mediaeval and later specimens is preserved in the National Museum at Copenhagen. Several resemble this example, notably one illustrated in Olrik, 'Drikkehorn', p. 22, fig. 17, with brass mounts and the names of the Magi on the rim. German horns of the same period are preserved in the Green Vaults at Dresden (J. L. Sponsel, 'Das Grüne Gewölbe &c', I, pp. 82, 84).

    A brief account of the use of horns as drinking-vessels throughout the ages is given in the Introduction (see Read and Tonnochy 1928, pp. xviii ff.), a number of extant examples being quoted, and references to illustrations showing their use. Horns used for other purposes are also noticed, many being similar in appearance to drinking-horns.

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  • Bibliography

    • Read & Tonnochy 1928 16 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G1/wp26/sh5

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2015 - 2016 11 Dec- 10 Apr, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Medieval Europe, power and legacy.

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.3127

Drinking-horn; copper gilt rim and mounts; rim inscribed in black letter; engraved central band with clawed feet to support vessel; end mount terminates in hexagonal rosette.

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Drinking-horn; copper gilt rim and mounts; rim inscribed in black letter; engraved central band with clawed feet to support vessel; end mount terminates in hexagonal rosette.

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