Dining table

Agustín Arrieta

Dining Room Picture (Tureen) (ca. 1858) by Agustin ArrietaColección Blaisten

Agustin Arrieta made numerous still lifes throughout his life, showing the abundance of Mexican cuisine.

In this particular picture we can see in the foreground an open prickly pear, ready to be eaten.<br>The prickly pears are the fruits of the nopales (prickly pears), they are a sweet fruit and full of seeds that can be eaten

Guava, also native to Mexico and Central America, is shown in the foreground. Guava is a citrus fruit also full of edible seeds.

This copper artifact was a mortar in which the spices were ground.

At the center we are presented with a silver tureen. Mexico is the largest producer of silver in the world and the silversmith industry dates from pre-Hispanic times.

Behind the vase we can see a clay pot where hot drinks are usually made, probably an atole (corn-based drink)

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