'THE RHINOCEROS HORN INITIATING OR LIBATION CUP'

To be auctioned in our

Connoisseur's Evening Auction

Monday 20th August @ 5pm.

Sometime soon after the First World War, Major Edward Theodore Pascoe who was stationed in Cairo, Egypt acquired a number of interesting artifacts from the region. One of these items was a native initiating or libation cup made from rhinoceros horn which originated from the Bisharin Tribe.

The Bisharin are an ethnic group and one of the major divisions of the Beja population. Inhabiting the Eastern part of the Nubian Desert  in Sudan and South East Egypt (in the Atbai Area, between the Nile River and the Red Sea) their population is now just 40,000.

They are traditionally nomadic pastoralists and have the same lifestyle of their ancestors 4,000 years ago. The Bisharin are renowned camel traders and also tend cattle, sheep and goats and those residing along the Nile grow cotton, sugar cane, wheat and vegetables.

Considerably more detail of the above and the dynamics of Sudan's political, social, culteral and economic life is found in the 1985

book by S.P. & J.O. Voll, "The Sudan: Unity & Diversity in a

Multicultural State". This book was researched by Major Pascoe's

son, Tim Hamilton Pascoe.

Our vendor who inherited the cup from her father has now

decided to sell the item.

'THE RHINOCEROS HORN INITIATING OR LIBATION CUP'

modelled in traditional form with a turned tapering and waisted bowl on a socle plinth of opaque

and translucent appearance. C.1910

Height: 8cm x Diam: 9cm

Est: $5,000-8,000