Salt Cellar

A work made of ivory.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ivory.

Date:

1625/75

Artist:

Belgium

About this artwork

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.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 205

Title

Salt Cellar

Origin

Belgium

Date

1625–1675

Medium

Ivory

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1937.824

Extended information about this artwork

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