Two salt-cellars with satyrs, Adam van Vianen (I), 1621

Two salt-cellars with satyrs, Adam van Vianen (I), 1621

silver (metal), h 27.0cm × d 11.5cm. More details

Throughout the ages, salt was treated with respect: it was expensive and was ascribed curative properties. Salt-cellars were thus often ornate works of art fashioned from costly materials. These salts have a basic triangular shape. Each corner consists of a satyr or faun, a mythological creature with a human body and the legs, ears and horns of a goat.

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