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Lot 230, Auction 5/30/2017: Miniature Bolivian Sterling Silver Crown, ex-Historia

South America, Bolivia, ca. 19th century CE. An exceptional sterling silver Spanish Colonial crown with a Latin cross-topped orb finial, hand made by the Andean silversmiths in Bolivia from high content .925 silver (39.3 g), using the same techniques used since the Colonial era by the Andean silversmiths, meticulously hand hammered, expertly molded in repousse, and chased throughout with floral inspired motifs. Descendants of the Inca culture, the Aymara speaking artists have devoted themselves to preserving this thousand year old tradition. This crown was most likely intended for a Spanish Colonial Santo figure. A wonderful example for any collection of Spanish colonial devotional art! Bridged section stamped "ENART .925" Size: 2.5" in diameter at widest point x 3" H (6.4 cm x 7.6 cm)

Condition: Intact and near choice - finial has a slight bobble.

Provenance: Ex-Historia Antiques, James Caswell, Santa Monica, CA

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