Coconut Cup with Scenes from the Life of David

A work made of silver gilt and coconut shell.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver gilt and coconut shell.

Date:

1577/78
Shell: 17th century replacement

Artist:

English or Netherlandish

About this artwork

Coconuts, a precious curio from the New World, were so highly prized in Europe during the early modern era that they were fashioned into elegant vessels by silversmiths. They made noteworthy additions to princely curiosity cabinets and may also have served a medicinal purpose. John Parkinson’s Theatrum Botanicum (1640), for instance, credits wine drunk from a coconut with curing colic, epilepsy, and rheumatoid disorders.

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Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance

Title

Coconut Cup with Scenes from the Life of David

Origin

London

Date

1577–1578

Medium

Silver gilt and coconut shell

Dimensions

H: 29.5 cm (11 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Stanley Keith

Reference Number

1951.72a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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