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Drinking Horn

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T591
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1800 - 1900

Notes

This is a nineteenth century copy of a medieval Norwegian drinking horn. It is intricately carved with interlaced acanthus scrolls and pearl ornament banding. Originally the contents of a horn had to be consumed at one go. By the medieval period, the addition of legs, often in the shape of a bird or animal, allowed the horn to be left unattended without risk of it falling over. These drinking horns were used as ceremonial rather than everyday vessels.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Carved. Turned.
Material(s):Wood
Place of Origin:Norway

Dimensions

Height:40.6 cm
Width:35 cm
Diameter:10.5 cm