New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial period, ca. 18th century CE. A dramatic, ornate vessel with a curved handle, used to hold holy water inside of a church. The cast bronze vessel has a bulbous form, with a petal-like rim, a corseted neck, a wide body, and a flat, round base. Elaborate religious vessels reflect the importance of Catholicism in the Spanish New World. Size: 11.5" W x 13" H (29.2 cm x 33 cm)
Provenance: private Omer Claiborne collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, acquired over the last 40 years
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