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Tankard, coconut with silver-gilt mounts, German, about 1580

An undecorated coconut mounted in two parts with a handle to form the body and hinged lid of a tankard. The silver-gilt mounts around the neck are variously chased with fruit and strapwork cartouches or engraved with strapwork and are linked to the similarly engraved round foot by three vertical straps each chased with a putto below a female mask. The cast handle is in the shape of a herm and term…