Manioc Flour Bowl (Farinheira)

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Manioc Flour Bowl (Farinheira)

Brazil, possibly Bahía, mid-18th century
Furnishings; Serviceware
Hammered, repoussé, engraved, chased, and stamped gold
Height: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm); diameter: 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Promised Gift of the Marjorie W. Gilbert 2001 Trust, established by Sir Arthur Gilbert—Lady Marjorie Gilbert and Charles M. Levy, Trustees (PG.2011.8.3)
Not currently on public view

Provenance

Private collection, Providence; James Jeter, New World Arts Collection, Santa Barbara, California, 1976; Mark Winter, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and Jim Collins, Woody Creek, Colorado, 1981; George Sha...
Private collection, Providence; James Jeter, New World Arts Collection, Santa Barbara, California, 1976; Mark Winter, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and Jim Collins, Woody Creek, Colorado, 1981; George Shaw, Aspen; Atlantic Art Partners I LLC, New York, 1986; LACMA, 2021.
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Label

This type of bowl, known as a farinheira, was designed to hold manioc flour (farinha de mendioca), which was consumed by all social sectors.

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This type of bowl, known as a farinheira, was designed to hold manioc flour (farinha de mendioca), which was consumed by all social sectors. Gold farinheiras began to be produced in the eighteenth century, after the discovery of several gold mines in Brazil. The works exemplify the fascination with the precious metal since the time of El Dorado—the mythical land of gold that the conquistadores imagined they had encountered.


From exhibition Archive of the World, 2022 (for more information see the catalogue entry by Cristina Esteras Martín in the accompanying publication, cat. no. 88, pp. 335–37)
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Bibliography

  • Katzew, Ilona, ed. Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800: Highlights from LACMA’s Collection. Exh. Cat. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York: DelMonico Books/D.A.P., 2022.

Exhibition history

  • Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800 Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 12, 2022 - October 30, 2022