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Cup for detecting poison, Europe, 1551-1660

Assay cups such as this one were used to taste wine. This cup is made from silver and rhinoceros horn. The rhinoceros horn was said to change colour and sweat if poison was placed in the cup.

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Glossary: poison cup

Cup used to detect poisons by sampling and mixing with other materials.

Glossary: assay cup

A small wine cup for tasting wine prior to offering it to another person