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Priming Flask with Sundial and Compass

Date:
late 16th century
Culture:
German, probably Nuremberg
Medium:
Brass, gold, silver, steel
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); W. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Firearms Accessories-Flasks & Primers
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.342
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Small flasks like this one held fine-grained gunpowder for “priming” the wheellock mechanism. This example, fitted with a concealed sundial, exemplifies the ingenious multipurpose weapons and tools that were made for aristocratic huntsmen and collectors of curiosities.
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