Salt

A work made of silver gilt.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver gilt.

Date:

1575/1600

Artist:

Netherlands

About this artwork

An allegorical female nude in a landscape appears on each of the four sides of this work, while a frieze of putti and fantastic sea creatures runs around the base. Such imagery was intended to evoke the interaction between sea and land that produces salt. This elaborately decorated salt holder would have graced the tables at lavish banquets during the Renaissance and, at the same time, served a useful function. Indeed, this work is a proper tribute to the precious commodity of salt, which served to make perishable food more palatable and was also a sign of great wealth.

On View

Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance, Gallery 238

Title

Salt

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1575–1600

Medium

Silver gilt

Dimensions

10.3 × 21.4 × 21.4 cm (4 1/16 × 8 7/16 × 8 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Stanley Keith

Reference Number

1944.781

Extended information about this artwork

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