A chased metal vessel used to serve wine, this 19th century pitcher from the Republic of Georgia is a reflection of that small country's historic role as a crossroad between East and West. Georgia's antiques, sometimes European, sometimes Asian in design, mirror its blend of cultural influences. While this wine pitcher obviously has Middle Eastern lines, a look at ancient Georgian wine vessels shows a split in design and motifs between pure East and pure West. Many of the oldest Georgian artifacts center around its long viniculture traditions. This hand hammered pitcher is made of copper covered with a thin coat of tin. The embossed designs of vines and flowers let the copper show through the silvered tin skin. The condition is good, with minor dents expected for its age. The seam joining the upper and lower parts of the pitcher shows evidence of an old repair. Dimensions: height 15" (38 cm), diameter 6" (15 cm).