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Powder-flask
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1670
  • Ivory, gold and steel, carved and gilded
  • Height: 17.1 cm
    Diameter: 13.3 cm
    Weight: 0.49 kg
  • A1269
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of ivory, circular in form, in the centre of the front is a wreathed medallion representing a river scene with a man fishing and in the distance another shooting at a target; round this is a broad frieze carved with animated scenes of lion and stag hunting against a landscape background, the whole carved in relief with great elaboration and detail. The carved hunting scenes are seperated by lions' masks. The sides and back are plain except for a turned disc screwed into the centre for refilling; turned funnel of ivory carved with birds and foliage; the spring-cap is missing; two loops of gilt steel for suspension.

    Italian (?) about 1670.

    Exhibited: South Kensington, Special Loan Exhibition, 1862, no. 247 (S. Addington), photograph in Guard Books of the Victoria and Albert Museum, no. 3414.