Ewer

Cruet

Italian
18th century


Dimensions

12.6 cm (4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

02.227

Medium or Technique

Amber

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Vessels

One of a pair of small cruets. Each is made up of six pieces of transparent red amber. Fitted with an elaborate handle, an “O [olio]” within the confines of the handle. The omega letter, fashioned from a opaque brown piece of amber, is a modern replacement.


These small ewers are inscribed “A” and “O” for aceto and olio: vinegar and oil.

Provenance

According to information provided by the donor, acquired from a church near Lake Maggiore, Italy .

Credit Line

Bequest of William Arnold Buffum