The Rhinoceros has been brought to the edge of extinction for their distinctive horns. The horns have been collected for tens of centuries for their wonderful translucent color when carved, and healing properties.
In the Middle Eastern country of Yemen, the horn continues to be coveted by Muslim men, although imports were banned in 1982.
The material, is still used for the handles of curved daggers called “jambiya,” which are presented to Yemeni boys at age 12. considered a sign of manhood, the daggers were also used for defence
Over the centuries, rhino horns have been carved into ceremonial Libation cups, as well as buttons, belt buckles, hair pins, and paperweights.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the horn, which is shaved or ground into a powder and dissolved in boiling water, is used to treat fever, rheumatism, gout, and other disorders.
Malaysia and South Korea to India and China, to cure a variety of ailments. .Li Shi Chen, a Chinese pharmacist said it could also cure snakebites, hallucinations, typhoid, headaches, carbuncles, vomiting, food poisoning,
Libation cups were communal drinking vessels that were used on important ceremonial occasions.
China breeds rhinos for their horns
Businessmen in China have established the world's first Rhino Farm to provide
Rhino Horn for use in traditional medicine. Rhinos have been imported and will
be kept in a secure park known as African View. The trade in poached Rhino Horn is
illegal selling for £18,000 per kilo. We at Rhino Horn hope that this farm is not
the first of its kind, so we can enjoy this wonderful material with out endangering
Libation cups were communal drinking vessels that were used on important ceremonial occasions and the pouring of a liquid offering formed part of religious rituals.These were first recorded far back into antiquity and in their early form were based upon metal drinking cups, and later they were fashioned from the horn of the rhino.
Libation cups were always regarded as mystic things and they were thought to be capable of detecting poison, not to mention proving useful as a sex aid when ground up into powder and washed down with wine. During the Song, Ming, and Ching dynasties, the libation cup was decorated by Chinese artists using various high and low relief carving techniques and they used matt dyes to tint the bases.