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Powder Flask with Bullet Box, Clock, Compass, and Sundial

ca. 1570–1600
Augsburg or Nuremberg
German, Augsburg or Nuremberg
Brass, gold, steel, glass
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Firearms Accessories-Powder Horns
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The flask is cast in relief with a scene of the Roman general Scipio storming the walls of New Carthage. The scene is based on a 1539 engraving by Georg Pencz (1500–1550) of Nuremberg.
A. Raifé, Paris (until 1867; his estate sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 14–16, no. 374, for Fr 920 to Riggs); William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Paris. Palais du Trocadéro. "Exposition Historique du Trocadéro," 1878.

"Composant la Collection de Feu M. Raifé." In Objets d'art et de curiosité du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, March 14–16, 1867. p. 38, no. 374.

Bréban, Philibert. Livret-guide du Visiteur à l'Exposition Historique du Trocadéro. Exposition universelle de 1878. Paris: E. Dentu, 1878. p. 76.

Dean, Bashford, and Robert T. Nichol. Handbook of Arms and Armor, European and Oriental, edited by Stephen V. Grancsay. 4th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1930. p. 180, fig. 116.

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