Circumcision Set, Rome, Italy, 1726-88

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According to the hallmark stamped on the silver objects, the set was made by the Zappati family, silversmiths from Rome, for the Morpurgo family, whose coat of arms appears on the box’s cover.

The set is accompanied by a fine leather case bearing the Morpurgo family crest in a silver gilt plaque affixed to the cover. The crest depicts the biblical story of the whale spewing Jonah out onto dry land.