Holy Water Basin
1773
12" x 9.5" x 8.25"
Devotional Silver, silver
Region: Bolivia
Silver maker's mark on the handle.
This fine silver vessel was used for holding holy water for ecclesiastical rituals and ceremonies. Its portability meant that is was carried by a cleric for use outside the confines of a church, which usually has a stationary font. This piece is inscribed around the top of the vessel inside of ornamental decorative crests with family names and the year 1773. Also, there is a maker's mark on the handle.