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Rhinoceros Horns

Considered controversial today, the harvesting of rhinoceros horns for various applications was a popular practice throughout history. Bearing varied connotations among ancient cultures, the rhinoceros horn was transformed into brilliant artistic objects that are now relatively rare on the auction market.

Ancient Greeks and Persians were some of the earliest cultures to covet the rhinoceros horn. Both considered the horn to hold talismanic powers. The Greeks believed it could clarify water, while the Persians felt it was capable of detecting poison within liquid contents. This belief was maintained into the 19th century among aristocratic courts in Europe, but science soon stepped in to clarify understanding of the horn.

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