Exhibitions

Bolivian Water Heater (Pava)

The drinks served in the Spanish American cuadra de estrado varied from region to region. In South America coca-leaf teas and yerba maté, a tea-like beverage made from the dried leaves of a mild stimulant, were favored. Indispensable for preparing and serving these drinks were boxes and tea caddies for the herbs, silver water heaters called pavas, silver filtering straws called bombillas, and silver maté cups. The shapes of maté cups reflect those of local gourds, which were originally used to serve the beverage.