Meet the vendor!

Meet the vendor!

Meet Christian Leyva Jorge, who owns a shop on a side street off the main drag of Calle Sagarnaga. As we stood surrounded by shelves packed to the brim with silver and Incan pottery, Christian told us how he was living in a small village called Llallagua (in the department of Potosí), when a traveling antiques-dealer with a beautiful daughter came to town. Instantly smitten, Christian and the antique dealer’s daughter were soon married and moved to La Paz. When his mother-in-law, noting that her new son-in-law was unemployed, told Christian that he couldn't live on love alone ("no puedes vivir solo de amor"), he took the hint and asked her to teach him the antiquing trade, which she gladly did.

Viracocha Silver Serving Tongs

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One of a Kind!

Destination: La Paz, Bolivia

We purchased these beautiful engraved silver serving tongs from Christian Leyva Jorge, who told us that like most things silver in Bolivia, they come from Potosí. They’re named for Viracocha, one of the most ancient Andean Gods.


Having risen from the waters of Lake Titicaca, Viracocha, whose name translates to “sea foam,” is the creator of the universe and everything in it. Exceptionally inventive, Viracocha made time by commanding the sun... Read More

Details and Dimensions

9"L x 2"W
Silver alloy or possibly pewter

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