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Adam van Vianen I (Two salt-cellars with satyrs) in Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Adam van Vianen I (Two salt-cellars with satyrs) in Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: Two salt-cellars with satyrs (in front), 1621
Materials: silver

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.

Author: Adam van Vianen I (1568– 1627)

Provenance: Netherlands

Source of information: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Author (source) of image: Personal archive

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Adam van Vianen I (Two salt-cellars with satyrs) in Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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