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Ornamental plaque (mariola or maya), one of a pair

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The shaped ornamental plaque has a bilaterally symmetrical design of flowers and birds, with a central elliptical boss. The letters “IHS” are chased on the boss, and a cross surmounts the broad letter H; below the letters are three nails that converge. The ellipse is surrounded by a scrolled...

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Inscription

IHS repoussed and chased on central elliptical boss.

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

1725–1750

Object Place

Alto Peru (present-day Bolivia)

Dimensions

43.81 x 30.48 cm (17 1/4 x 12 in.)

Accession Number

1992.345

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver