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maté cup
  • Argentina
  • maté cup, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Argentina
  • gourd, silver, paint, stamping, embossing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 9/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7272.01

The cup is made from a small oval gourd open at the top. The gourd is painted black. There is a wide band of silver metal at the top and bottom. The bands are decorated with raised leaf and flower designs.

It was intended to be used for maté tea.