Standing Salt with Cover

A work made of silver gilt.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver gilt.

Date:

1583/84

Artist:

English, London

About this artwork

The ornamentation on this standing salt with cover—with its grotesque masks, cornucopias, and clusters of grapes and other fruits—alludes to the opulence of 16th-century banquets. While the appearance of salt, a highly desirable and expensive commodity in medieval and early-modern Europe, announced the status of the host, a guest’s position in relation to the placement of the salt at the table also signaled his or her status, since only the most important guests were seated "above the salt."

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Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance

Title

Standing Salt with Cover

Origin

London

Date

1583–1584

Medium

Silver gilt

Dimensions

H: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Stanley Keith

Reference Number

1948.71a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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