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Drinking Horn

Artist:
Workshop of Louis Marcy (Luigi Parmeggiani) (Italian, 1860–1945) (?)
Date:
ca. 1880–1900 (15th century style)
Geography:
Made in France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Horn, silver, enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 1/4 x 12 13/16 x 5 3/8 in. (33.6 x 32.6 x 13.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.507
Not on view
This elaborate drinking horn is decorated with fantastic Gothic towers, heraldic devices, and the figure of Saint Michael slaying the dragon. The Latin inscription from 1 Peter 4:7 alludes to sobriety and the perils of temptation. Possibly conceived as a visual statement of temperance, the “horn” displays many of the characteristics of the Gothic Revival movement.
Inscription: [domed cover, on band] (4 or 5 illegible letters (itaque (?)) sobrii estote vigilate (trans: be ye therefore sober and watch)

Marking: [on each side] shields with arms of Brandenburg
From the treasury of Church of Castro-Jerez, Province of Burgos, Spain.; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. pp. 91, 128, fig. 74.



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