drinking horn from reduzum

Although this large festive drinking horn probably does not make you think of a church immediately, it does come from the Roordahuizum village church. Since it was ordered in 1550, it had to be returned to its maker four times to be repaired, so it must have been used intensively,

Drinkhoorn van Reduzum, Albert Jacobs Canter, 1548-1561

Drinking horn from Reduzum, Albert Jacobs Canter, 1548-1561. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Horns were already used to drink from by the Vikings. Over time, it also became everyday practice in clerical and noble circles. The often richly decorated horns were given the status of iconic drinking utensils. Whether they are comfortable to drink from, remains to be seen. One thing is for sure: the user will not soon run out of drink!