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Antique Argentina Tea Straw and Tea Gourd Container


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Americas: South American: Pre 1910: Item # 1014168

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Mate is a traditional South American infused drink prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate. This traditional antique tea straw or more accurately, mate straw is called a Bombilla. Both the straw and its matching mate container were made by the Industria Mamboreta of Argentina. The mate container is a gourd decorated with a hammered silver bottom and a wide silver rim. The silver has a deeply etched floral design with highlighted gold tones at the center of the flowers. The length of the silver Bombilla (tea straw) is also heavily decorated with a deep repousse design. It is 7 1/2" long and the bottom unscrews and opens for easy cleaning. Condition of this ethnographic item is excellent.