Hexagonal Bottle with Cover
second half of the 16th century
31.8 x 11.7 x 8 cm (12 1/2 x 4 5/8 x 3 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Rock crystal with enameled and nielloed gold mounts
Kunstkammer Gallery (Gallery 143)
The panels of this hexagonal bottle are engraved with the Gods of Jupiter, Venus, Apollo, Diana, Mars, and Mercury, surrounded by scrollwork with harpies dragons, dolphins and winged satyrs. The gold mounts are delicately embellished with champlevé enamels. The decoration of this piece is characteristic of the highly sophisticated Kunstkammer objects produced by the Milanese workshop of the Miseroni, who specialized in rockcrystal engravings and worked for the Imperial Court at Prague under Rudolph II and Ferdinand III.