Viking Punch Bowl

Tiffany & Co.
Designed by Paulding Farnham American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706

The Viking Punch Bowl was one of the most celebrated and publicized works exhibited by Tiffany & Co. at the World’s Columbian Exposition. Conceived as a commemoration of European explorations of North America prior to Columbus’s voyage, the bowl’s design and ornament refer to Norse peoples and their culture. According to the firm’s catalogue for the exhibition, the handle terminals projecting through the bowl’s rim were “suggested by the prow of the Norseman’s boat.”

Viking Punch Bowl, Tiffany & Co. (1837–present), Iron, silver, gold, and streaked ebony, American

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