Price: $ 4,800.00
Characterized by a scrolled and split handle, gently sloping lines, unnasuming details, and a modest provincial charm that would arguably, become a source of inspiration for many of the 20th century modern masters working in Taxco, this 18th century colonial cup from Guatemala is of caliber often imitated but rarely equaled. The handle is flanked by several hallmarks, a pair of smoke covered volcanos, the locality mark for Guatemala City and the fiscal stamp in the form of a crown. The crown, or 'Impuesto del Quinto' as it is also known, represents the confirmation of tax payment equal to one / fifth the value of the item in question. Soon after Spanish forces defeated the Aztec Empire the King of Spain would appoint a new monarch to rule over his colony. The Viceroyalty of New Spain would reach from the Central United States through Mexico and deep into Central America and the Spanish monarch held absolute power, possessing sovereign rights, property rights, economic control and undisputed political autonomy.
Dimensions: 4.75 inches wide x 4 inches high.
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