Bread-and-Salt Dish (Primary Title)
Khlebnikov I.P. and Sons & Co., Russian, 1888 - 1918 (Artist)
Welcoming guests with a ceremonial presentation of bread and salt is an ancient and honored tradition in Russia. The center of this presentation plate features the enamel coat of arms of the Kherson province. The inscription translates as: “From the loyal zemstvo of the Kherson Guberniia.” A zemstvo was an elected body of local self-government in charge of education, transport, and health. The border of the dish has three engraved scenes that alternate with panels of decorative vines. The scenes are identified with Cyrillic inscriptions that translate as: Education: Village Agricultural School; Transport: Village Ponton Bridge across River Inguletz; and Health: Hospital in City of Anayev.
This plate was presented to Tsar Alexander III and his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna, in 1888 during a visit to the Kherson province. It is one of hundreds of such bread-and-salt plates given to the couple during their numerous visits throughout Russia.
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