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An unusual new exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums explores that primal connection between man, beast and libation.The Harvard collection includes goblets and beakers shaped like standing or reclining animals, drinking horns and pitchers made in the images of bulls, rams, lions and wild boars and cups and chalices featuring a mythological menagerie of griffins and dragons.Fashioned from gold, silver, bronze, glass or animal horn, some of these vessels were status symbols seized as the spoils of war. The vessels are displayed alongside texts, pottery and paintings that capture how humans feasted back in the day. "Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World," funded in part with a $325,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, runs through Jan. 6, 2019, at the Harvard Art Museum's special exhibitions gallery.
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