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

Date:
ca. 1570–1600
Geography:
Augsburg or Nuremberg
Culture:
German, Augsburg or Nuremberg
Medium:
Brass, gold, steel, glass
Dimensions:
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Classification:
Firearms Accessories-Powder Horns
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1493
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 Henry Riggs, Paris (until 1914; his gift to MMA).
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