This cup is fashioned from a coconut shell set in a shallow bowl supported on a long, narrow stem and held in place by three straps and a tall neck band. The shallow domed lid has a plain, overhanging rim and terminates in a finial with a statuette of a nude sea nymph and serpent. The metalwork is densely decorated with various masks, animals, fantastic creatures, and vegetal ornament.
This richly decorated cup combines precious metalwork with the shell of an exotic fruit, a coconut, to create a marvelous artwork that would have manifested the status of its owner. The embossed and engraved decoration of the metalwork teems with vegetal motifs, fish, deer, a horse, and fantastic creatures suggestive of the bounty of nature.
Signed and dated, in pencil, l.r. margin: Nicholson / 67 Edition, in pencil, l.l. corner: 24/50 On back of print (in pencil, probably dealer notation): "EUBOEA" - 1967 PSXTX Front, blind stamp, l.l. corner: Watermark, l.r. corner: RIVES