"Silverwork was first produced in the Río de la Plata when precious metals started arriving in the port of Buenos Aires from the high regions of Peru, setting off a syncretism of Indigenous techniques and the European legacy. In this mate gourd, I combine the organic shape of the squash with the tradition technique known as chapeo. I make use of ensembles of silver cloths found in Creole saddles—symbols of the pride and prestige of men from the countryside. I named the work after the pretal, an ornate breastplate often decorated with links and ties. The use of those elements in a free interpretation of a traditional Argentine object is an attempt to represent the gaucho spirit."
Three gourds joined by embossed silver pieces and 925-link chains. Handcrafted in San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca.
Made by the silversmith Pablo Falabella.