The Priests of Pallas was a week-long festival held annually in Kansas City from 1887 until 1912. It was revived briefly from 1922 to 1924. Festival supporters promoted Kansas City's image as the "Athens of the West" and emulated other celebrations such as New Orleans' Mardi Gras and St. Louis' Veiled Prophet. Pallas Athene was the patroness of the festival and motifs were based loosely on figures from Greek mythology. Festivities included three parades with ornate floats, and numerous concerts and other performances. Nightly parties culminated with an elegant masked ball where guests received an official annual souvenir.
Offered is this intricate cloisonne dresser tray which was a souvenir of the 1906 "Priests of Pallus" festival. It was meant to serve as a remembrance for the festival. The tray is decorated with a complicated decorative glass method that looks to be a cloisonne finish. It's very pretty, but some use is evident and there are minor nicks. The tray is completely authentic, and has marvelous color. The tray 7 inches across and 5 and 1/2 inches tall.
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