Coconut cup and cover

On display

A coconut shell carved with three panels of frolicking putti, mounted as a cup, mounted in silver, partly gilt and partly patinated black. The stem is formed as a black man [an African or a South American?] with bow and arrows. The foot and lid have embossed flowers and fruit in patinated silver.


  • Title

    Coconut cup and cover

  • Associated place

    Augsburg (possible) (possible place of creation)
    Germany (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1670 - 1700 probably
  • Material and technique

    coconut, parcel-gilt silver, parcel-patinated silver; gilded and carved

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    30 cm (height)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)

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