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"Kovsh" with Imperial Eagle

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The "kovsh" is a drinking vessel that traces its origins to a medieval wooden boat-shaped ladle. This example is made with Siberian jade or nephrite. It was intended to be an imperial piece, but was never delivered.

The silver and gold handle and spout of the kovsh were cleaned using precipitated chalk to remove tarnish. The metal elements were then coated to reduce tarnishing in the future.

Date Description Narrative
7/24/1959Treatmentcleaned; coated
1/23/1988Examinationexamined for condition
2/28/2002Treatmentexamined for condition; other
9/27/2017ExaminationTreated for exhibition.
  • Russian Art: Icons and Decorative Arts from the Origin to the Twentieth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1959-1960.
  • A Millennium of Christianity: Russian Art from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • The FabergĂ© Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
Provenance Acquired by Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Date] May 6, 1911
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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nephrite, silver, gold, diamonds, rubies
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 4 1/8 x W: 12 5/8 in. (10.5 x 32.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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