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1680 Silver snuffbox

1680 Silver snuffbox
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Description

Circular silver snuffbox, the lid is with a cast silver panel highly chased and engraved. The finely worked silver panel is probably depicting Aphrodite and Adonis /Adonis was killed by a wild boar, said to have been sent variously by Artemis, jealous of Adonis’ hunting skills or in retaliation for Aphrodite instigating the death of Hippolytus, a favorite of the huntress goddess; or by Aphrodite’s paramour, Ares, who was jealous of her love for Adonis; or by Apollo, to punish Aphrodite for blinding his son Erymanthus.

Aphrodite came to Adonis when she heard his groans and he died in her arms. She sprinkled his blood with nectar, from which sprang the short-lived anemone, which takes its name from the wind which so easily makes its petals fall. And so it is the blood of Adonis that each spring turns to red the torrential river, the Adonis River (also known as Abraham River or Nahr Ibrahim in Arabic) in modern Lebanon. Afqa is the sacred source where the waters of the river emerge from a huge grotto in a cliff 200 metres (660 feet) high. It is there that the myth of Astarte (Venus) and Adonis was born.

The silver snuffbox is hallmarked on the underside with the town mark of Augsburg for 1700-1705
and with the makers mark of Abraham Warnberger III / Born 1670 becomes master silver smith 1702

Measurements of box : 7 cm in diameter and 717 mm in height

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