Mounted nautilus shell drinking cupOn display
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Mounted nautilus shell, cut, polished and painted with horseman and plant sprays. The shell is mounted in silver-gilt, formed as a sharp-toothed sea monster, on which rides Neptune with his trident. The hinged side straps are formed as climbing lizards, each one with his tail round the head of the one below. The foot is formed as four-clawed bird's foot.
Mounted nautilus shell drinking cup
Material and technique
nautilus-shell, silver-gilt mounts; painted
Dimensions32.8 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
Tait, Hugh, Catalogue of the Waddeston Bequest in the British Museum: III. The Curiosities (London, British Museum Publications Ltd, 1991), 6
Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)