Nautilus-Shell Cup

A work made of nautilus-shell cup and silver gilt.
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  • A work made of nautilus-shell cup and silver gilt.

Date:

c. 1600/1700 (19th century mounts)

Artist:

German, Augsburg

About this artwork

During the Age of Discovery, European artists were inspired by the exotic materials suddenly available to them. Goldsmiths seized on the opportunity to include wondrous and seemingly magical materials—including coconuts (see the Coconut Cup), ivory, ostrich eggs, and, in this case, a nautilus shell from the Indian Ocean—into works of art that celebrated both nature and artifice. These types of object were also popular with collectors during the 19th century, when the mounts on this cup were reworked.

On View

Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance, Gallery 205

Title

Nautilus-Shell Cup

Origin

Augsburg

Date

1600–1700

Medium

Nautilus-shell cup and silver gilt

Dimensions

H: 25.7 cm (10 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1947.732

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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