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.

Courtesy By Gorgonchica – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68878219

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.   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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I am proud to currently have two Rhytons carres available for purchase, the blue and white version above and this lovely gray and orange one below.  Both come with an HERMES Scarf box.

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in excellent vintage condition - copyright - signed - a cluster of spots near upper right corner and small spot in border* - hand rolled hem - approx. size: 36 x 36 inches or 90 x 90 cm - made in France - 100% silk - HERMES scarf box shows signs of use * recommend additional cleaning



Rhytons Hermes silk scarf (100% silk) - GRAIL w/Box Designed by Karin Swildens in 1975 Excellent vintage condition - faint and small surface smudge Measures 36" x 36" Care Tag Signed Copyright Hand Rolled Hem Made in France Blue/White



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