Alchemistic Table Bell

ca. 1600, Artist: Hans Bulla



Alchemistic Table Bell

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

Tableware; Table Bell; Bronze Sculpture




ca. 1600


Hans Bulla (tätig in Prag) - GND


Metal alloy, iron


H. 7,8 cm, D. 6,3 cm


kabbalistische Inschriften

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 5969

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