Culture: British, London
Medium: Gilt silver
Dimensions: H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Chester D. Tripp, 1952
Accession Number: 52.134a–e
Salt was a precious commodity in England during the sixteenth century, and its value was reflected by the elaborate gilt-silver containers that were made to hold it on the dining table. The so-called standing salt was placed prominently to the right of the host, indicating his or her social status.