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BRATINA

Bratina is an early vessel used in Russia. Bratina derives from "bratchina" or "bratovshchina", a feast of brothers. They are large spherical vessels often with inscriptions referring to reunions of relatives.
The first written mentions of bratina made in precious metal date to the beginning of the 16th century, but only later examples still survive.
The use of metal bratina diminished at the beginning of the 18th century and survived only in popular classes with examples made of non precious materials.



Russian bratina: Moskow 1634

In the last quarter of the 19th century Elkington & Co., London made electrotype reproduction of a Russian seventeenth century bratina. It was a gilt on brass example of globular shape, on 5cm deep circular foot ring; a contracted lip, slightly everted at upper edge and flat on top. Whole outer surface engraved with foliate arabesques, wreathage, flowers, eagles and phoenixes. The whole surface gilded.



Russian bratina: Moskow  mid 17th century Russian bratina: Moskow 1st quarter 17th century


Russian bratina Russian bratina


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