Solid Dug Out and Hand Carved Burr Birch Wood
With Traces of Original Decoration
Inscribed with Initials 'JPSO'
Norwegian c. 1700
7.25” high x 14” wide x 9.75” deep
Provenance: The WJ Shepherd Collection: The Tom Perkins Collection, PLumpton Place, East Sussex
A quite remarkable example with exceptional provenance to one of the foremost 20thC collections of treen and early wooden objects. Of rare form and with exceptionally rich Patinated surface. The fine ceremonial drinking vessel or loving cup comes directly from the Viking tradition, the unusual stylised handles creating a wonderfully satisfying sculptural form. Exceptional collector's piece of Museum Quality.
Literature: Comparative Literature: Per Gaerder, 'Norske Drikkevar Av Tre', Published by Uniersitetsforlaget 1974. Page 242, Fig 365 for a slightly later example of similar form from the Hardanger Region.