The Kovsh is a traditional drinking vessel or ladle from Russia. It was oval-shaped like a boat with a single handle and may be shaped like a water bird or a norse longship. Originally the Kovsh made from wood and used to serve and drink mead, with specimens excavated from as early as the tenth century. Metal Kovsh began to appear around the 14th century, although it also continued to be carved out of wood and was frequently brightly painted in peasant motifs. By the 17th century, the Kovsh was often an ornament rather than a practical vessel, and in the 19th century it was elaborately cast in precious metals for presentation as an official gift of the tsarist government.
- Yale Center for British Art, Gilbert Collection (2006). Olʹga Dmitrieva, Natalya Abramova, eds. Britannia & Muscovy: English silver at the court of the Tsars. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-11678-0.
- Taylor, Katrina V. H. (1988). Russian art at Hillwood. Hillwood Museum.
- Lowes, Will; McCanless, Christel Ludewig (2001). Fabergé eggs: a retrospective encyclopedia. Reference, Information and Interdisciplinary Subjects Series. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-3946-6.
- Maskell, Alfred (1884). Russian art and art objects in Russia. Chapman and Hall, Ltd. pp. 141–142.
- Hellie, Richard (1999). The Economy and Material Culture of Russia, 1600–1725. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-32649-7.
Media related to Kovshs at Wikimedia Commons
|Look up Kovsh in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
|This article about an item of drinkware or tool used in preparation or serving of drink is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|