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Pair of altar cruets (water and wine servers)

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Each vessel has a raised gourd-shaped body that tapers toward the rim. A cast circular foot and stem support each bowl. The foliate handles and snake-headed spouts are also cast. The lid is raised; a three-part hinge connects it to the handle.

Inscription

Encircled letters “A” on one cruet and “V” on the other were cut from a sheet using a jeweler’s saw and mounted on each lid.

Marks

None.

Provenance

Collected in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund P. Graves between 1898 and 1913; 1941, gift to the museum from Miss Ellen Graves, Mrs. Samuel Cabot, and Mrs. Roger Ernst in memory of their father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund P. Graves.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen Graves, Mrs. Samuel Cabot and Mrs. Roger Ernst in memory of their father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund P. Graves

vinajeras

Spanish Colonial, 1675–1725

Object Place

Alto Peru, Present-day Bolivia

Dimensions

10.7 x 8.8 x 5 cm (4 3/16 x 3 7/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

41.374a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware