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Powder Flask of Jacques de Silly (1513–1571)

Date:
1568
Culture:
French
Medium:
Antler
Dimensions:
L. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Firearms Accessories-Powder Horns
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1491
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The consummate works of an anonymous French artist, this flask and another in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 2014.191) are made of polished antler, and expertly carved at the front. Whereas one flask sports the heraldic arms and personal emblem of its noble owner, the other features a scene from the Old Testament, Samson’s victory over the giant Goliath. As is often the case, the metal mountings that would have capped the flasks’s extremities are now lost.
William Henry Riggs, Paris (until 1914; said to have been acquired from a private collection in Montaubon, France; his gift to MMA).
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