Made in Mexico
this silver container reflects the neoclassical
style that was prevalant in Europe at the time.
purpose of this container was to hold spices. The piece
has three parts; the lid, bowl, and stand. The lid fits
precisely over the bowl. The bowl is centered on its
base. It is an oval-shaped vessel with slender handles
and has a bell-shaped stand..
spice container was made from cast
silver. Tools called chisels
were used to carve out the designs seen on the lid,
body and stand.
vessel was made in Mexico about 1810. It is a reproduction
of a classic English design that is charactereized by
its oval shaped base, slender handles, and bell-shaped
stand. During this time in Mexico, colonial decorative
arts were created by silversmiths who were heavily influenced
by the British architect Robert
Adams. Adams patterned his buildings and furniture
after the ancient art of Greece and Rome. These neoclassical
designs were popular in Europe during the 19th century.
The spice container is decorated with ancient Greek
and Roman motifs.
The laurel leaves on its base and the pineapple top
with a bed of leaves under it are examples of these
neoclassical motifs used by the craftsmen in New Spain
Determine the weight of three different spices in
the same container on a scale. Find out how much each
weighs and chart the results on a line or bar graph.
Language Arts: Pretend you are a food editor for
Epicurious Food. Critique a new dessert made from Mexican
Social Studies: Make a map of trade routes shoing
what spices were imported into Mexico and what spices
were exported from Mexico to China, Philippines and