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Ornamental plaque (mariola or maya)

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The plaque is decorated in an overall, bilaterally symmetrical pattern of foliate strapwork fashioned as openwork decoration. A stylized scallop shell forms the peak; above the center is a raised oval reserve, oriented vertically, that bears a chased image of the crossed papal keys surmounted by...

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Inscription

None.

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

1700–25

Object Place

Possibly La Paz or Lake Titicaca region, Alto Peru

Dimensions

54.7 x 40 x 1 cm (21 9/16 x 15 3/4 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1992.344

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver