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South American Gold and Silver Maté Cup

20th Century


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A rare South American maté chalice.

  • Silver mate cup with 18k gold inlay on silver
  • Showcasing highly intricate, curvilinear motifs, including a gilt horse motif standing on three legs.
  • Hallmarked.

Maté is a word of "quichua" origin (mati) that identifies a vase used to drink. In Peru and Rio de la Plata, maté is the name of calabash tree fruit used to contain an infusion of herbs original to Paraguay. The use of this container spread through South America in a way that the infusion assumed the name of maté (Yerba Maté). Maté became the most common ingredient in household cures of the Guarani, and now, more than a drink, Yerba Maté has become a cultural phenomenon throughout South America. The most ancient maté cups were, presumably, of Peruvian origin, but there are documents attesting their existence in Buenos Aires (Argentina) since the beginning of the 18th century.

Condition Report

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Like New

Gentle signs of use.


Height: 5.25 inches / 13.34 cm
Diameter: 2.5 inches / 6.35 cm


Gold, Silver

Decorative Style


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