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Spanish Colonial Chased Silver Water Jug (Jarro)

Peru or Bolivia
19th century

height: 15.8cm, weight: 498g



European private collection

The shape of this solid silver water jug probably is based on a gourd. It has a slightly concave base, a globular body that rises to a narrow neck which broadens to an opening with a pouring lip, and a wide strip handle that is engraved with leaf motifs.

The body is decorated with a wide frieze that features a head-and-shoulders image of a native with South American cats on either side all amid luxuriant foliage and against a tooled background.

This unusual jug probably dates to the late 19th century.

Latin America/Latin American


de Lavalle, J.A. & W. Lang, Arte y Tesoros del Peru: Plateria Virreynal, Banco de Credito del Peru en la Cultura, 1974.

Luis Ribera, A., & H.H. Schenone, Plateria Sudamericana de los Siglos XVII-XX, Hirmer Verlag Muchen, 1981.

Taullard, A., Plateria Sudemericana, Ediciones Espeula de Plata, 2004.

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