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Powder Flask

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Indian, possibly Deccan
Medium:
Horn, lacquer, ivory, bone, gold, silver, copper alloy, iron, pigment
Dimensions:
L. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); W. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 4 oz. (576 g)
Classification:
Firearms Accessories-Flasks & Primers
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.469
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 380
Designed to hold gunpowder, this flask, shaped like a nautilus shell, is made of wood, covered with a marbled pattern of blue and black lacquer, and bordered by delicate floral designs in gold. The skill and sophistication of the decoration place this work among the most beautiful objects of its kind from Mughal India.
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