The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1660
  • Ivory, bone, bronze and gold, carved and gilded
  • Height: 22.8 cm
    Weight: 0.285 kg
  • A1268
  • European Armoury III
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Powder-horn or primer, of ivory, shaped as a hunting horn, and octagonal in section, quite plain except for the interlaced bodies of two snakes carved in high relief, forming a loop for suspension, an ivory thumb-piece is applied to the top. The mouth is carved with the head of a grotesque monster from which issues a bone funnel of ivory mounted with a band of bronze; no cap or stopper; the base is capped with a mount of gilt bronze decorated at the sides with ornament chiselled in low relief, a mask holds a ring for suspension, the edges pearled.

    French, about 1660.