Rhytons Hermès Scarf and its Inspiration

The Rhytons Hermes carre was designed by Karin Swildens and issued in 1975.  This is a very sought after carre and considered by many a GRAIL scarf.

Hermes Silk Scarf Rhytons GRAIL

So what are these “horns” all about? Are they gunpowder flasks (that is what I initially thought :-)) or some kind of a brass instrument?

Well, they are ancient drinking flasks.

This particular silver Rhyton terminating in the forepart of a ram dates back to ca. 5th century B.C. and comes from today’s Iran and is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Used to enjoy libations both at home or for ceremonial purposes, a rhyton could be of any shape and size, but typically in Greek times, a rhyton was small like a cup and in the shape of an animal’s head.  Very popular throughout Eurasia, Persia, Greece and the Balkan region, rhytons were not meant to be set down.

Courtesy National Museum of Iran, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=227309

Karin Swildens displays about sixteen rhytons on her fabulous scarf.  Each ancient rhyton, is in her case, in the shape of a horn beautifully adorned with primarily animals.   Here are examples of two different colorways both SOLD.Hermes Silk Scarf Rhytons Rare-5.jpg

Hermes Silk Scarf Rhytons GRAIL-2.jpgTheir caps in the shape of bird heads.

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Rhytons Hermès silk scarf (100% silk) – GRAIL w/Box

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