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

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The almond-shaped plaque is bilaterally symmetrical. The flowers, a pair of long-necked birds, and a central figure have been repousséd and chased to create a form in high relief. The floral element appears to be the passion flower. Several holes appear along the central axis of the plaque.

Inscription

IHS engraved on elliptical boss near tip

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

1740–50

Object Place

Alto Peru (present-day Bolivia)

Dimensions

62 x 46.5 x 5 cm (24 7/16 x 18 5/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1992.347

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver