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May 6, 2009

Spice love: Saltcellars

Filed under: Sculpture — norulesnoshame @ 19:18

Because salt used to be an expensive commodity, saltcellars were created to hold the precious spice, and were put at the head of the table in front of distinguished guests. Salt was so expensive that people were paid in salt, giving birth to the word “salary”. (Thanks, Wikipedia). Another theory is that the word “soldier” came from the same root, because soldiers were paid with salt. I’m fascinated. Here are some amazing and some painfully ornate saltcellars, including the world famous Cellini Saliera, which was stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and was recovered years later buried in a box in a forest. Escandalo!

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