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Covered bowl or spice container (especiero)

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The raised, broad, elliptical vessel is supported by a short stem spreading to a splayed and stepped base and square plinth. Two long strap handles are attached below, near the stem and at the lid, and a leaf is chased at the upper join. The handles rise upward to the base of the finial. A...

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Inscription

None.

Marks

“CAN,” a portion of the maker’s mark CAÑAS; “M” crowned within a shaped cartouche; assayer’s mark “DVLA”; and a lion within a shaped oval, all struck from left to right on one side of vessel.

Provenance

The donor inherited the object from her husband, whose family used it for christenings during the nineteenth century.

Credit Line

Gift of Kathryn C. Buhler in memory of Yves Henry Buhler

1819–1823

Object Place

Mexico City, Mexico

Dimensions

14.3 x 20.6 x 9 cm (5 5/8 x 8 1/8 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1984.184a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware