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Drinking Bowl (Kovsh)
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Drinking Bowl (Kovsh)

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A boat-shaped vessel used for ladling the "kwass" (strong beer) out of big bowls. In the center of the interior is an engraved double-headed eagle. Similar eagles are depicted in relief on the handle and on the finial. The kovsh was given toward the end of the 17th century to a bailiff of Orel by Peter the Great.

Examined in preparation for exhibition.

Cleaned to remove aged acrylic coating and silver tarnish in preparation for exhibition.

Date Description Narrative
  • 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.
  • Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] In the cartouches: Б(о)жиею м(и)л(о)стию велики г(осу)д(а)р(ь) ц(а)рь и велики кн(я)зь / Петръ Алеξееввичъ (sic) / всеiа великiiа и малыia и бѣлыia / Росiи самодръжецъ / [along the edge] пожалова(л) с(и)мъ ковъшемъ города Орла та/моженного и кабацкого збору бурмистра Гараема Θедорова сына / Круткова, что он будучи в сим АΨΙ году в товарыщах з бурмистром сь Iваномъ Ѡщепковымъ прибрал ҂Д умг рублеи и ... ден(ег)ъ; [Translation] Peter Alexeevich, by the grace of God great sovereign Czar and Grand Prince of all Great, Little and White Russia, awarded with this kovsh Thedore Krutkov’s son Garaem, bailiff for the customs and tavern duties in the town of Orel, for having collected during the present year 1710 in partnership with the bailiff Ivan Oshchepkov 400 (?) roubles…; [Transcription] On the back of the handle: весу 90. зо(лотников); [Translation] 90 zolotniks of weight [1 zolotnik = 4.265 gramms]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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late 17th century
silver, parcel gilt
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
H: 4 5/16 × W: 10 11/16 × D: 7 1/16 in. (10.9 × 27.1 × 17.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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