Supporting Parts in the Green Vault
The Green Vault possesses a variety of drinking vessels, drinking games, nautilus cups, precious boxes, and showpieces, which are carried by creatively designed figures. These “supporting roles” are often played by mythological figures or legendary creatures, such as tritons, nereids, satyrs, basilisks, but also by cherubs, Africans, peasants, and animals. According to 18th century royal taste, you can find gold smith settings with these sea creatures on nautilus, shell, or snail vessels, which impressively show the connection to the element water from which these exotic animals originate. If you look at the design of the supporting figures, Hercules who carries the terrestrial globe and Christopher who carries the celestial globe count among the major artworks in the collection. Here, the gold smiths were able to invent a drinking game with mythological and religious content.