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Artist

Unknown Artist (English or Dutch)

Title

Coconut Cup

Creation Date

ca. 1620

Century

early 17th century

Dimensions

10 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (26.67 x 11.43 cm)

Object Type

silver

Creation Place

Europe

Medium and Support

silver

Credit Line

Gift of Walter G. Gans, Class of 1957

Copyright

Public Domain

Accession Number

2015.36.11
This cup on its tall footed stem is a typical seventeenth-century form but made of rare materials secured through European exploration, trade, and colonization. Coconuts were such exotic fruit in early Europe that their shells were treasured and converted into elegant drinking vessels. With the scenes engraved on the shell of a couple dining, a woman feeding pigs, and a man departing on horseback, images of daily European life are paired with costly, foreign materials.

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