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Salt Cellar, 1625/75

10.5 x 8.6 x 3.2 cm (4 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1937.825

This elaborately decorated salt holder, crafted from precious materials, once graced the tables at lavish European banquets and, at the same time, served a useful function. Indeed, this work is a proper tribute to salt, a highly desirable commodity that made perishable food more palatable and was also a sign of great wealth.

— Permanent collection label

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