Among Catholics, holy water is water that has been blessed by a priest that is used during the rite of aspersion where holy water is sprinkled upon the congregation, and also for the blessing of places and objects believed to repel evil. A container used to hold the holy water is called an aspersory or aspersorium where a stick-shaped implement with holes or sprinkler is dipped into to catch the water. Made from high content silver, it is shaped in a classic footed, wide-mouthed Greek vase. The long neck and rounded body are chased in ascetic ysot (inisot) style of flowers and festoons joined by garlands of foliate wreaths, a design motif that preceded the more heavily ornamental and scrolling curves of Rococo Revival. The flowers appear to be stylized honeysuckles and another unidentified flower which must be symbolizing love and purity. Carrying-handle is hooked in riveted ears.