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Drinking horn
  • Drinking horn
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Iceland, possibly
  • 14th and 19th century
  • Bull horn and silver, carved and inscribed
  • Weight: 0.255 kg
  • Inscription: 'S · MJŎD · Á · MINNID' 'Mead to the memory' i.e. 'We drink health in mead'. The letter 'S', if not the owener's monogram, might be for Skál, the usual cry at the drinking of healths in the Netherlands.
    Discharge mark: Dutch tax-discharge mark used after 1814
  • A1331
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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  • Drinking horn, made out of the horn of a bull, the surface of which has been carved in low relief with leaves and interlaced scrolls; silver rim at the mouth with leaf-shaped edge slightly engraved; fragment of a silver ornament at the middle. It is inscribed round the mouth:

    S · MJOD - D · A · MINNID
    (‘Mead to the memory’, i.e., ‘we drink the health in mead’)

    The letter S, if not the owner's monogram, might be for ‘Ská l’, the usual cry at the drinking of healths in the Northlands.

    Icelandic (?), 14th century.

    The silver of the rim bears a small mark; a Dutch tax-discharge mark used after 1814 (Rosenborg (3), no. 7553).