57224Re: sort of OT: history of horn?
- Jul 25, 2008--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Kareina Talvi Tytär
>Curious, that you'd think "When did the use of worked horn become
> This question strains the boundaries of SCA period, and isn't
> something I'm seriously interested in researching, it is just an idle
> thought I'd toss out someplace where someone might happen to know the
> answer off of the top of their heads, and if not, no worries.
> When did the use of worked horn become commonplace? I've often heard
> it said that horn was the plastic of the Middle Ages, that it was
> shaped used for pretty much anything that would be made out of
> plastic today. How early was this true? Did the Greeks and Romans
> use it? Earlier cultures? Do we find it in stone-age
> burials? (This question was prompted when discussing the Clan of
> the Cave Bear series with a friend and discussing how well researched
> and to what level of detail on early technology the author goes, but
> neither of us could recall examples from those books of the use of
> horn worked into other shapes than that the animal grew for daily
> tools/accessories. We were wondering if its absence is deliberate on
> the part of the author because it wasn't used that far back, so far
> as is known from the archeological record, or if it is known from
> that far back, but hasn't made the books yet, or perhaps, we just
> didn't remember that part in amongst all the rest of it. Does
> horn-work require domesticated beasts, or are horns from wild animals
> easy enough to obtain to learn how to shape it?)
> --Kareina, idly curious
commonplace?" would strain the bounds of SCA period.
I am thinking I can recall seeing, in a book of antiques (or, in this
case, antiquities) a lidded horn box, and a horn comb, and a horn
something-else, all pre C.E. Egyptian---I just can't recall at the
moment how far pre-C.E. They were impressively beautifully done.
That's a farthing's worth---
Yseult the Gentle
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