Silver Mounted South American Peruvian Decorated Calabash Gourd
Silver Mounted South American Peruvian Decorated Calabash Gourd
Silver Mounted South American Peruvian Decorated Calabash Gourd

Silver Mounted South American Peruvian Decorated Calabash Gourd

1700 to 1800 South America

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A Silver Mounted South American Peruvian Decorated Calabash Gourd
Probably used for Maté tea
18th Century

Size: 9.5cm high, 8cm dia. – 3¾ ins high, 3 ins dia.
Provenance: Ex collection of D. Robinson
Sold at auction 2013

The consumption of Yerba maté tea crossed all social boundaries in South America. It was only the style of the vessel that varied. The poorest customarily drank it from simple dried gourds from which the drink took its name, ‘mati’ being the Quechua word for the squash plant that produced the gourds. The wealthiest took their beverage from bowls of various materials including gourds and exotic woods partly encased in precious metals. A portion of the gourd was often left to reveal its identity and traditional use, but the mounting gave the vessel the look of a treasured Kunstkammer object.

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Gourd, Silver
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