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Ornamental plaque

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The rectangular, repousséd, and chased silver plaque bears, at center, a raised circular reserve with the letters “IHS” surmounted by a cross that straddles the letter H; below is a winged heart from which appear three nails. A sunburst radiates outward and downward to the rectangular...

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Inscription

“MARIA” in overlapping letters chased on oval boss, near top of plaque. “IHS” in stylized foliate letters repousséd and chased on a large, circular central reserve.

Marks

None.

Provenance

1975, acquired in Argentina by Alphonse Jax (dealer), New York; April 14,1975, sold by Jax to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1992, gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 24, 1992)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

about 1730

Object Place

Moxos or Chiquitos Missions, Alto Peru, Present-day Bolivia

Dimensions

42.3 x 30.3 x 3.4 cm (16 5/8 x 11 15/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1992.343

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver