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coconut cup
  • Netherlands
  • coconut cup, 1546
  • Where object was made: Habsburg Netherlands (present-day Netherlands)
  • silver, coconut
  • Object Height/Diameter: 25.4 x 8.9 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 10 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Jack Linsky
  • On view: Gallery 401
  • 1958.0119
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Coconut cup, with silver mounts. Three scenes; one with man and woman (identified as Pyramus and Thisbe), one with figure (identified as Dionysus) seated on a barrel (identified as a wine barrel), and battle scene (between the Centaurs and the Lapiths) are carved in relief on the coconut. The base has foliate patterns carved in relief and two roundels, one with the bust of a man and the other a woman. The domed lid also had foliate patterns and roundels. It is capped by a finial of a full length figure in armor with a sword.