A beautiful early rare Uruguayan “Mate” Gourd with beautiful solid gold detailing with Uruguayan coat of arms and gold decorative detailing. Hand carved gourd with decorative silver banded rim and hand spun silver stand.
The gold detailed oval shield is divided into four equal sections and crowned by a rising golden sun, the"Sun of May", symbolizing the rising of the Uruguayan nation and the May Revolution. The oval is surrounded by a laurel branch on the left and an olive one on the right, symbolising triumph and peace respectively, tied at the bottom by a light ribbon, the former uruguayan cockade. In the upper left quarter there is a golden scale the symbol of equality and justice. The upper right quarter contains the Cerro de Montevideo (Montevideo Hill) with its fortress on top on a silver background, as a symbol of strength. In the lower left, also on a silver background, there is a galloping black horse, symbolizing liberty.The lower right quarter holds a golden ox as a symbol of abundance and plenty.
A fabulous decorative piece with a fabulous heritage/story. Add style and substance to any interior setting with this highly detailed rare handmade object. Circa 1895.
Height 13.5cm x 8cm Width.
As a genuine antique/vintage piece there is wear and use commensurate with age. Some wooden products may have signs of historic woodworm. As a precaution we apply a clear triple action woodworm treatment that also kills wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. Please look at all the images carefully and ask any questions pre purchase as we do not unfortunately offer refunds due to the size and shipping costs of our antiques/items. All our items are available on line at Search & Rescued and other online stores