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But what news of the equally endangered rhino? I was shocked to see several rhino horn libation cups for sale in recent and future auctions.

While a few of these lots do show some age and ‘artistic’ merit, in the ‘archaistic’ style, others are crude carvings and could easily be of more recent origin.

The provenance stated is often rudimentary, which does not inspire confidence.

We should not, in the UK, be endorsing the trade in these objects.

Karen Rennie

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