vessels from the collection
Vessels are handmade objects used to carry liquid for human consumption. The contents are often essential to life, ritualistic and pleasurable. Vessels have contained similar meaning throughout different time periods and cultures. This gallery includes such receptacles from various geographical locations. All are decorated to enhance their utilitarian purpose depicting floral motifs or narratives from mythology and Christianity. Gold, silver, precious stones, enamels and glazes enhance their beauty and elevate the status of the objects.