Nautilius cup

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 two legged creatures in the speed with which it can run. Virtue thus always triumphs.
Collection description:
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 s ...more
Artist or maker:
Joachim Hiller
Date:
c. 1600
Medium:
Silver, shell
Measurements:
h 42.4 cm × w 19.7 cm × d 11.5 cm
Rights:
Public Domain
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