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Transparent glass bottle used to store perfume. The bottle has a profuse decoration on the outside. The body of the bottle resembles a shell.

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Transparent glass bottle used to store perfume. The bottle has a profuse decoration on the outside. The body of the bottle resembles a shell. Its origin is European, specifically Spain, from the period between the 1492 (which represented the arrival of Europeans to the American continent and specifically to the Caribbean) and the 1600 period of intense and dramatic journeys characterized by pirate attacks, corsairs and shipwrecks due to strong storms and whose trips were organized through the so-called "Carreras de Indias".

As a result of the findings made by underwater archeology in the country, sometimes in coauspicio with important North American universities, it has been possible to rescue valuable objects transported in galleons and other vessels from Spain and all of Europe, as part of the cultural flow that characterized the Initial period of colonization in its first two centuries.

Objects in ceramics, personal garments, medals, coins, jewelry, trousseau, weapons, glassware, furniture, ornaments, bottles, various packaging and merchandise of all kinds, was part of the numerous inventory transported by these vessels (Caravels, Patanche, Frigates, galleons , Ships, Galeras) in those crucial moments of the fight by the American dominion between the different European empires.

Some of these ships sank in different places of the coast of our country as are the cases of the galleons: Conde de Tolosa, Our Lady of the Pure Concepcion, Scipio, Barco de las Pipas, Our Lady of Guadalupe -1702- among others , finding some of those pieces in a part of the Miscegenation: encounters and disagreements of the Hall Identity Signs as part of a loan made by the Underwater Heritage Office of the Secretary of State for Culture to the Leon Center.

The wealth that these objects bring in the knowledge of the cultural exchange that took place in that period between Europe and America, is evident in the quantity of pieces that still exists in these shipwrecks. Its typification, aesthetic forms, styles, characteristics, uses, are also bearers of an epoch, of a moment of history, as expressed by the piece selected as a symbol in this month of November, belonging to our collection and that is in deposit.

As a result of the Encounter of cultures and miscegenation, this seventeenth-century perfume pack becomes an emblematic piece of that past


- Santiago, Pedro J. Studies on maritime trade, shipwrecks and underwater rescues in the Dominican Republic. Publications of the Museum of Las Casas Reales. Dominican Republic. 1980

- Borrel, Pedro; Pérez Montás, Eugenio; Arestegui, Cruz. The adventure of Guadalupe. Your trip to Española and its sinking in the Bay of Samaná. Center of High Humanistic Studies and Spanish Language. Catholic University of Santo Domingo. Submarine Archaeological Rescue Commission in the Dominican Republic. Lunwerg, Editores SA 1997.

Carlos Andújar
Anthropology Specialist

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