Coconut cup

On display

The cup is made in four sections. The upper part, flaring to the rim is silver-gilt. The main section is formed of a coconut cup, mounted in silver and silver-gilt; six identical cast straps, each contains a green stone, identified as chrysoprase; above the stone is God the Father, supporting the crucified Christ, below are two male figures in clerical or academic dress, the left hand one holding what looks like a baby. The stem is spirally fluted with crowns above and below; it is joined to the part above by a three-lug bayonet fitting. The spreading foot, silver-gilt, is flat-chased with renaissance foliage and joined to the stem by a series of lap-joints.


  • Title

    Coconut cup

  • Associated place

    England (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1470 - 1500
  • Material and technique

    silver-gilt, coconut, chrysoprase

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    29.7 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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