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Johannes Lencker (Ewer in the shape of a triton and a Nereid) in Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Johannes Lencker (Ewer in the shape of a triton and a Nereid) in  Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: Ewer in the shape of a triton and a Nereid (left), c. 1620
Materials: silver, gilt

This flagon in the form of a freestanding sculpture seems to defy the law of gravity. The stem is shaped like a dolphin with its tail curled up. Balancing on its tail fins is a triton, a sea creature with the torso of a man and the legs of a horse. A nereid – a sea nymph – sits on his back.

Author: Johannes Lencker (c. 1573 – 1637)

Provenance: Augsburg, Germany

Source of information: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Author (source) of image: Personal archive

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http://www.amsterdam360.com/panos/rijksmuseum/

http://www.hollandpass.com/museum-attractions/detail/370-rijksmuseum+

Johannes Lencker (Ewer in the shape of a triton and a Nereid) in Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, Netherlands

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