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Natternzungen-Kredenz Nürnberg (?) um 1450 Tafelgerät Silber, vergoldet, fossile Haifischzähne, Citrin (Quarz) H. 27 cm

Deckelpokal aus Rhinozeroshorn mit Warzenschweinhauern Nikolaus Pfaff | 1611 The pictorial, expressive character of this goblet was determined by the underlying idea of warding of demonic powers in nature by objectifying them. The formidably tusk of the warthog give the appearance of being the horns on the head of the wild beast dominating the lid. Between its bared teeth it once bore an "adder's tongue" (fossilized shark tooth). The small creatures on the lid and the base (life casts of…

Bezoar | | middle or 3rd Quarter 16th century

A golden tree from which hang chalcedony intaglios portraying Habsburg kings and emperors, c.1725/30, made by Christoph Dorsch; a symbolic representation of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI's family tree.(Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna)

COSTA RICA | Shark Pendant, 11th–16th century. Costa Rica or Panama, Burica Peninsula. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979 (1979.206.1054) #WorldCup Mehr

Shark Tooth ~ Tongue Stone According to Renaissance accounts, large, triangular fossil teeth often found embedded in rocky formations were believed to be petrified tongues of dragons and snakes and so were referred to as "tongue stones" or "glossopetrae", Glossopetrae were commonly thought to be a remedy or cure for various poisons and toxins. They were used in the treatment of snake bites.

So-called Maximilian Cup Nuremberg in 1510 Vessel; Cup Silver, partially gilt, enamel

Coral tree as a Naturalia item of the Obricht Wunderkammer, Berlin.

Trinkhorn des Grafen Ulrich IX. Montfort-Tettnang in Drachengestalt Cornelius Groß | um 1560/1570 The vessel is in the shape of a dragon standing on a turtle floating on the waves of the sea. This is a post-Gothic version of the mediaeval drinking horn, possibly reaching back to memories of the mediaeval conception of the "griffin's claw". In the dragon's gullet is placed an "adders's tongue" (cf. Inv.-No. KK_89). According to an old belief, this was supposed to protect the person drinking…