Nautilus cup, anonymous, c. 1550 - c. 1600

Nautilus cup, anonymous, c. 1550 - c. 1600

silver (metal), h 30.5cm × w 9.3cm × d 7.9cm More details

A crane with a raised right leg grasps a silver ball in its claw. This pose symbolizes vigilance. It is said that when cranes gather to rest, one of them keeps watch by holding a stone in its claw. Should it fall asleep and drop the stone, the noise would awaken the other birds.

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