A parcel-gilt silver presentation charka


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A parcel-gilt silver presentation charka
Russia, 17th century
Circular with pierced shaped handle, the centre of the base inverted, the outer rim engraved with a Russian inscription, extending from one side of the handle to the other, the handle formed as a crowned lion's mask with loin cloth clad supporters in florette scroll surround, further engraved with an inscription under base
4¾ in. (12 cm.) diameter
3.59 oz. (111 gr.)
The Old Russian inscription engraved on the frieze states:
'Charka of the Pechersky Monastery made at the time of the archimandrite Paisius. Donated by the State'.

The inscription beneath the base reads:
'26 zolotniks and 1 half-zolotnik'.