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Magdalena SibyllasGolden Horn

Christian 4 gave the long horn which was found in 1639, to his eldest son, also named Christian. He let the horn restore, and thereafter it was used for drinking. Doctor and researcher Ole Worm was the first to describe and make drawings of the gold horn in 1641.

Prince Christiandied in1547,andwhen hiswidow, Princess MagdalenaSibylla, remarriedin 1652, she had to return the goldhornto the throne. But before that, she had her ownhorn made and markedwithher initialsMSand the year1650.

Like the oldhornMagdalenaSibyllas’horn is decorated withseveralbeltswith pictures. Buteven ifthe hornhasthe same form as the original gold hornandalsocopies theendof the horn,whichthe princehad add to it, thepictures onthe hornis different and obtained elsewhere.The bandclosest tothe mouth of the horn showskillingscenes fromthe Old Testament: One of the fieldsrepresentDavidand Goliath; anotherJudith, whocut off the headofHolofernes. Otherfiguressymbolizeplanetsandvirtues, suchasthe Renaissanceliked todo it withclassical models, and finally, there are several kingorprincecrowns. The images aredecorated witha glazeinmany colorsand stones aremounted near the mouth of the horn.

The manycharactersare madeina style thatwasout of fashion, when the hornwas madein 1650.They fitmuch betterinthe time before theyear 1600.It isobvious that parts of the horn isrecycled from other oldjewelries, for example,"a necklace with eightvirtuesand seven planets, decorated withdiamonds, rubiesand pearls", which we know MagdalenaSibyllabrought with themto Denmark.

MagdalenaSibyllas’hornis nowinthe Museum Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden.

Magdalena Sibyllas Golden Horn
Sibyllas' gold horn, displayed at Rosenborg Castle in 1988. Photo: Morten Axboe.
Magdalena Sibyllas Golden Horn
The choosen Prince Christian
Magdalena Sibyllas Golden Horn
Christian 4.
Magdalena Sibyllas Golden Horn
Magdalena Sybilla
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