Silver-gilt lidded tankard, Germany, 1640. H 15 x D 11 cm. © Porfirius Kunstkammer
No silver marks. On the bottom the initials 'H G P' and (just visible) 'GW'. Base decorated with foliage and fruit garlands on a matt background. The main body bearing an embossed motif of cupids, foliage and fruit scrolls. Scrolled handle. Hinged lid decorated with foliage and fruit-shaped finial.
Provenance: private collection, France; Kugel, Paris
Pyxis, Limoges, circa 1225-1275. Gilt champlevé enamelled copper, set with glass cabochons. H 7.5 cm. © Porfirius Kunstkammer
In the Christian tradition this religious object in the shape of a round drum with a hinged lid and a cross on top was used to house the consecrated host.
Provenance: French art market
Urartu belt, Urartu Kingdom, Western Asia, circa 800-500 BC. Bronze, malachite and azurite accretion, 36 x 17 cm. © Porfirius Kunstkammer
This section bears columns of incised motifs of winged sphinx-like humans, horses, lions and other creatures with double heads.
Iron Age Kingdom in the Armenian highlands from the mid 9th century until the early 6th century BC
Provenance: the collection of Mr. J. Bahamonde, United Kingdom