Hippocampus as a drinking vessel, Elias Geyer (Goldsmith), Leipzig, 1591-1593 or 1614-1616. Silver, gold plated, turbo snail shells, remains of cold enamel. 18.9 x 21.0 x 10.5 cm. IV 6. Green Vault. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 2013
Besides figurative drinking vessels in the shape of ostriches, gripping and a unicorn Elias Geyer also created a series of mythical creatures of the sea. Two of the five remaining in the Green Vault hippocamps already recorded in the art collection inventory of 1610. They all have a removable head, identifying them as drinking vessels, although it remains unclear whether they ever found use as such.Tail serves as a turbo snail.