Narwhal Goblet

ca. 1600/05, Artist: Jan Vermeyen (Goldschmiedearbeit)



Narwhal Goblet

Rudolf II supported not only the arts but also the sciences. In his day these included astrology and alchemy, which the emperor valued very highly. Exotic natural specimens, metals and precious stones were believed to have special powers. In vessels of “unicorn horn” or bezoar stone, amulets and even table bells, these beliefs were expressed in the shape of exceptional showpieces.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXVII

Object data

Object Name

container; lidded cup


Prague; Milan (cameos on the lid)


ca. 1600/05


Jan Vermeyen (Goldschmiedearbeit) (vor 1559 Brüssel - 1608 Prag) - GND

Miseroni - Werkstatt in Mailand (Kameen am Deckel) (Ende 16. Jahrhundert / Anfang 17. Jahrhundert)


Narwhal tusk, gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies, agate, ivory


22,2 cm × 12,1 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 1113

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