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Design for a Powder Flask

Anonymous, German, 16th century ?
Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to Wendel Dietterlin, the Elder (German, Pfullendorf 1550/51–ca. 1599 Strasbourg)
ca. 1540–90
Pen and brown ink, blue-green and pale brown wash
7 5/16 x 10 9/16 in. (18.6 x 26.8 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
Not on view
Powder flask decorated with an all over pattern of strapwork. In the middle of the design Athena is shown as a victory goddess holding a palm branch. Two angels hold up a laurel wreath above her head. She is flanked on both sides by a seated (conquered) soldier who is part of a weapon trophy.
Inscription: Mount, recto, bottom right, in graphite: 46.56
Verso, bottom left, in graphite: 46.56
Verso, bottom right, in graphite: 79062 SH

Marking: Verso, bottom left: MMA stamp
Vendor: Paul Drey Gallery, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution German Drawings. Masterpieces from Five Centuries. [Exhibition supplement]. May 10-Jun 10, 1956, cat. no. 174.

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann "A Census of Drawings from the Holy Roman Empire, 1540-1680 in North American Collections." in Central European History. vol. 18, Atlanta, 1985, pp. 81, 105.

Wallace Collection Catalogues: European Arms and Armour Supplement. Wallace Collection, London, 1986, cat. no. under A1277, p. 260.

Thomas Richardson, Stuart W. Pyhrr "The 'Master of the Snails and Dragonflies' Identified." Journal of the Arms and Armour Society. vol. 14, no. 6, 1994, fig. no. 24, pp. 354-355, ill.

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