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