Horn is such a beautiful natural material. Seems I can’t get enough of it in a variety of forms as I clicked away at the shops this past week. It just has such an Old World vibe to it. Horn combs, bowls, jewelry, cups, dishes, lamps–we have it many, many ways.
According to archeologists, horn was among the first materials utilized to make utensils by man. It was readily available and easily worked, and has remained in use for both decorative and practical applications to this day.
Horn can be heated to the point where it becomes very pliable. The word ‘plastic’ first appeared in the Middle Ages as a description of the heated state of horn. Sometimes horn pieces can take on the look of something plastic because of the finish (as some pieces get a wax or polyurethane coating) but it is not, it is formed & finished horn.
So many different forms, all so gloriously beautiful.
A happy start of the week to everyone!