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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 15, 2019

The Glass Drinking Horn

The drinking horn is a vessel in the form of a crescent-shaped horn. It evolved from the ancient Greek and Roman vessel the Rhyton. There are some examples of this type of Roman glass from the first century AD. A few of them have a figure at the point in the form of a faun’s head. Most drinking horns are from the Frankish and Merovingian periods 400-700 made and found in France, eastern Germany and the Netherlands. The vessel was made by first blowing a cone-beaker and bending it while it was warm. The Frankish and Merovingian horns are usually decorated with applied threads in horizontal spirals, continuous vertical loops, or zigzag patterns. The tip of the glass was pointed or flattened and mouth was usually just knocked off and shaped. This style of vessel was made until the 17th century when drinking horns were used more for decoration rather than for drinking. Many of these later ones were made with diamond-point engraving and Venetian filigrana. The pictures of drinking horns are from various museums and showing many different styles. For addition read on Rhyton’s follow this link:  “Rhyton’s and Horns of Plenty”, by Theo Zandbergen

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