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Cup: M.27-1933

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Object information


  • Cup or pouring vessel

Carved and polished ivory

Ivory, carved and polished. In the form of an wide-mouthed shell with one side higher than the other, and its narrow lower end resting on the back of a rabbit crouching on a flat almost circular base. Over the top of the higher side is a narrow grotesque owl mask with curling ear tufts, and long flaps extending over the sides, which creates a mouth-like pouring lip. Below it is a long leaf which extends over shell-like lobes until it meets the back of the rabbit. Below the rim on the opposite side there is a grotesque male mask with a beard n the form of serrated leaf, with on each side two more serrated acanthus leaves overlapping each other.

Uncertain before donor

Named entities

Legal notes

Given by Alfred A. de Pass

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Given
  • Dates: 1933




Possibly made in Prague, by Nikolaus Pfaff (1556 (?) - before 1612) c.1600-10. Previously considered to be by a member of the van Vianen family.

Place(s) associated

  • Prague

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 12.2 cm
  • Width: 9 cm

Subjects depicted

Components of the work

  • Decoration composed of ivory
  • Base measuring: Width by cm by 4.3

Techniques used in production

  • Carving : Carved and polished ivory

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval paper label with a narrow black line around the edge enclosing the wording

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Associated department: Applied Arts

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Wednesday 27 January 2021
  • Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

Associated institutions

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