Mounted turbo shell drinking cup

On display

Polished small turbo shell, silver-gilt mounts, at the top is a standing figure of Fortuna, holding up a sail. Below this is a grotesque mask, near which is the head of a serpent, whose body is coiled around the shell. The rim, mount and straps are engraved and cut with strapwork. The foot is formed as a four-clawed bird's foot.


  • Title

    Mounted turbo shell drinking cup

  • Associated place

    Antwerp (possible) (possible place of creation)
    Flanders (possible) (possible place of creation)
    Italy (possible) (possible place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1580
  • Material and technique

    turbo-shell, silver-gilt

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    18.3 cm (height)
    12 cm (width)
    8.3 cm (depth)
  • 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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