No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That's what these salt and pepper shakers really say. Certainly a topic of conversation to say the least.
Fashioned after a set that Chilean poet Laureate Pablo Neruda kept on his table, labeled Morphine and Marijuana, this is a pair of porcelain salt and pepper shakers, most likely a novelty item sold through the gift shop touring the poet's Santiago home in the capital city, although these were found at an estate sale in Washington, DC. There is no discernible maker's mark, though each has a fish-embellished compass on their rear sides.
From the travelogue of Rolando Archila: "Neruda loved the ocean. He called himself “the Captain”. In fact, he loved it so much that he built La Chascona to be reminiscent of a boat—even though it was in Santiago, with no ocean in sight. Beyond its architectural design, the house was chock-full of strange and unique objects, sculptures and knickknacks collected from his many travels around the world, from places such as Russia, China, Peru or Rwanda."
"Ever the playful host, Neruda loved to tease and delight guests with these kinds of unexpected games and oddities. Moreover, his whimsical nature is as much apparent in his house (he once wrote "I have built my house like a toy house and I play in it from morning till night”) as it is in his poetry (“I want to do to you what Spring does to the cherry trees”).
The salt (with three holes) and pepper (with five holes) shakers measure 2 1/4" in width and depth, and 2 3/4" in height.
NOTE: The salt and pepper shakers are clean, intact, and both have their original plastic stoppers. There are no discernible nicks, chips, fleabites, cracks, or signs of repair (see photos). Any wear is commensurate with their age and past usage.
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