- Museum number
Ivory fork, carved in single piece. Upper and lower parts of handle of square section. Top surmounted by high releif figure of crocodile; bottom with high relief figure of crouching quadruped biting tail of snake. Central section has double loops with snake carved in high relief around back; head poking through top loop, tail emerging through bottom loop. Fork has two tapering tines. Back of fork is discoloured to dark yellow.
- Production date
Height: 24.30 centimetres
Width: 2.20 centimetres
Depth: 1.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Read & Dalton 1899:
The handle is a square bar having in the middle two oval loops: through them passes the body of a snake, the tail of which is held by a bear-like animal; at the other end is a crocodile ; the termination is in the form of five bosses imitating cabochon stones.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991 Oct-1992 Jan, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art, Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration
2007 23 Jun-16 Sep, USA, Washington DC, Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries
2007 27 Oct-2008 3 Feb, Belgium, Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries
2017-2018 07 December - 25 February, Moscow, Kremlin Museums, Lords of the Ocean: Treasures of the Portugese Empire in 16th - 18th Centuries.
- Good. Tip of right tine is broken; back of left tine has gouge. Dirty marks on back of both. Back of fork discoloured dark yellow.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Paper label on back of handle: 'C.C obtained in Berlin 1872. Given by A. W. Franks Esq 7845'.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Af1872C1.7845 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Af1872C0510.20