Nautilus cup, Joachim Hiller, c. 1600

Nautilus cup, Joachim Hiller, c. 1600

silver, h 42.4cm × w 19.7cm × d 11.5cm. More details

This nautilus shell has been cleverly used to represent the body of a realistically rendered ostrich. Ever since Classical antiquity this bird has been a symbol of virtue. Even though it cannot fly, it surpasses all other twolegged creatures in the speed with which it can run. Virtue thus always triumphs.

On display in gallery 2.3

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