Urn with Cover, Figure on Spigot, Stand and Fuel Lamp
Although the two protective falcons, attributes of the god Horus, on the burner are archaeologically correct, the winged-goddess spigot wears the nemes, a headdress that was associated only with male deities and pharaohs. The winged putto on the body of the urn is a classical figure from Greek and Roman mythology. This free mixing of elements from different cultures and times is typical of the eclectic taste of the nineteenth century.
Sterling silver, ivory
Overall height of unit: 20 13/16 in. (52.9 cm)
(a) Urn: height 12 1/2 x diameter of base 5 1/2 in. (31.8 x 14 cm)
(a-b) Urn with cover: height 15 3/4 x diam. of top 4 5/8 in. (40 x 11.7 cm)
(b) Cover: height 3 13/16 x diam. 4 3/4 in. (9.7 x 12.1 cm)
(c) Spigot Finial: height 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
(d) Stand: height 5 3/8 x diam. of top 5 1/2 in. ( (show scale)
(1) On bottom of urn stamped in oval: "J.E.CALDWELL & Co. / ENGLISH STERLING" with "PHILADELPHIA / 197"
(2) Small hieroglyph under masks on handles: standing bird inside an oval
Engraved on side of urn within lozenge framed by palmettes: "M.A.C."
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H. Randolph Lever Fund
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J. E. Caldwell & Co. (founded 1839). Urn with Cover, Figure on Spigot, Stand and Fuel Lamp, ca. 1875. Sterling silver, ivory, Overall height of unit: 20 13/16 in. (52.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 75.164.1a-e. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.164.1a-e_Design_scan_bw.jpg)
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