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Tooth-pick holder

Tooth-pick holder

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Hollow cast figure of a kneeling bull, its back pierced for ten toothpicks and its forehead for one. It is attached by two nuts and bolts to a low oblong base decorated around the edges with relief strapwork.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1580 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze


Height: 3.25 in, Width: 3.75 in

Descriptive line

Gilt-bronze toothpick holder in the form of a kneeling bull with its back pierced for ten toothpicks and its forehead for one, German, ca. 1580


Gilt bronze

Subjects depicted

Bull; Strapwork


Metalwork; Tools & Equipment; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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