Salt-cellar; made of elephant ivory in three sections. Comprised of two spherical lidded containers divided horizontally across the three sections: base (a); middle section (b) and lid (c). Base and middle section decorated with alternating pairs of standing Portuguese figures with aquiline noses and beards. Static front-facing figures dressed in jackets lined with metal plates (brigandines), jerkins, pleated skirts, decorated stockings, and feathered hats. Carry swords in left hand and spears in right. Wear beaded necklace with cross. Dynamic three-quarter view figures dressed in jackets lined with metal plates (brigandines), jerkins, pleated skirts, decorated stockings, and skull-caps. Carry swords on left side and hold circular shields in right hand. Lid surmounted by European ship with small figure in crow's nest holding megaphone. Twp pierced lugs on lower edge of lid and upper edge of mid section; one pierced lug on upper edge of base and lower edge of mid section, second lug mi… (See Merlin record for full description)
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