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Inlaid Powder Horn

Object Name:
Powder horn
Date:
18th century
Geography:
Attributed to India, Kotah, Rajasthan
Medium:
Wood overlaid with horn, mother-of-pearl and ivory; silver
Dimensions:
Gr. W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Arms and Armor
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.176.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
A powder horn, which typically was made of cow or buffalo horn, refers to any personal container that was used for gunpowder. This flask is made of wood, but shaped to resemble a nautilus shell. The floral decoration that makes up the body is inlaid with horn, mother of pearl, and ivory. The two silver hooks would have attached to a strap worn over the shoulder, allowing the user to easily access the gunpowder by lifting the lid off the top.
[ Howard Ricketts, London, until 1976; sold to MMA]
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