Bowes Museum: Bronze Salt Cellar


The above small triangular pedestal dates from the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century when the Western world rediscovered the Classical past of Greece and Rome. The panels on the sides depict Dionysus the god of wine, Bacchante and Satyr. The base is embellished with shells and scrolls and the pedestal is made of bronze. The original use is not known but it was converted into a salt cellar in the 19th century.


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