This classic Olmec jade spoon was an important 'heirloom', eventually owned by the d'Albin von Prybram-Gladona's, a 19thc. Viennese family of diplomats well connected to the artistic circles of the period. The spoon is inscribed at the center with a Christian holy monogram 'ISH' and surmounted by a cross. This emblem was associated with the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius of Loyola, in his seal in 1541. The initials may be read "Iesus Hominum Salvator." The Jesuits were present in Veracruz by 1572.
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