Object ID
1994.37.4
Object Name
Saltshaker
Date Created
1938
Material
Ceramic; Cork
Object Entities
Object Description
Black, white, and brown glazed handmade and handpainted salt shaker in the shape of a classic greek urn. Salt shaker is squat with one small decorated handle. The neck itself is covered with classical greek designs. On one side is a painted figure of a seated woman, fully robed, with a small bird perched on one hand. The other side shows a painted nude man with a blade in one hand and a shield in the other. On the botton of the salt shaker is the handwritten word "Greece". There is a hole with a cork in it.
Origin
Donated by Angeline Kringas along with two other handpainted vases, a needle point astray and handpainted salt shaker. The ceramics appear to be made by the G Maras Co Athens in Greece which produced Neoclassical handpainted greek art. Although it is unclear if the "Keramikos" logo refers to a company, artisan, or locality, the area of Keramikos, or Kerameikos, is an area of Athens, Greece which is now an important acheaological site. In ancient Greece it was a settlement for potters and vase painters, and its name was derived from the Greek word kéramos, or "pottery clay", from which the English word "ceramic" is derived.
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Citation
Saltshaker, 1938, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/10373. Accessed 11/27/21.