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ID number:  BIRBI-37.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Possibly Heinrich Eglof
Title / Object name:  A Rearing Unicorn
Object type:  Decorative Art
Place made:  Constance, Germany
Culture:  German
Date made:  about 1575-1600
Materials:  Silver gilt
Measurements:  35.8 cm high
Provenance:  Purchased at the Victor Rothschild Sale, Sotheby's, 26 April 1937, Lot 207, for £550 (with Lot 235)
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This splendid unicorn is a drinking vessel. The head and upper neck are detachable to allow access to its contents. The stippled treatment of the pelt is typical of late 16th and early 17th-century German representations of animals and mythical beasts. Surviving silver standing-cups in the form of a unicorn are extremely rare, yet they were highly popular subjects among wealthy German Renaissance courtiers.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Maker's mark: HE [joined]; also the mark of the city of Constance and an unidentified mark.

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