Salt Works

This ink-and-wash drawing shows several men and women producing salt from brine. Some are raking the salt drying in long pans, and others are carrying wood to stoke the fires below. The well-dressed man at right may be a government official responsible for collecting the salt tax known as the “gabelle di sale.”
On the back, a hand-written text reads “F. XIII.” “A. Pigne” could refer to Pinecone, a medieval town in Liguria, or something shaped like a cone. “B. Vergoni di ferro che reggono le Cabaie” could refer to refer to big rods of iron that support [whatever the plural noun is]. “C. Gabbei su[i] quoli sgrona il sale” could refer to the frames onto which the salt drips.
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paper (overall material)
overall: 8 in x 15 in; 20.32 cm x 38.1 cm
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Science & Mathematics
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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