Vietnam, possibly Sa Hyunh culture
Hard stone; H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Josephine Berger–Nadler and Dr. M. Leon Canick Gift, and John and Evelyn Kossak Foundation Inc. Gift, 1999 (1999.276)
This enigmatic object in the shape of a horn with a curled end is related in stone type and patina to two forms of earringsone circular and the other with addorsed horned animalsassociated with the Sa Hyunh culture of southern Vietnam. One end of the "horn" has been carved to form a small cavity that could have been used to hold a liquid. It is possible that this delicate sculpture was a funerary object intended to replace a more perishable horn item. Little understood and known only through archaeological excavations, the Sa Hyunh culture is thought to have played an important role in the trade in luxury goodsceramics, metalwork, and stone goodsthat flourished between different regions of mainland and island Southeast Asia.