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Powder-flask
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • 3rd quarter of 16th century
  • Leather and steel, embossed and tooled
  • Height: 18.4 cm
    Weight: 0.355 kg
  • A1272
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of hardened leather (cuir bouilli), hemispherical or gourd-shaped, with flat back, the front of the belly deeply fluted, the ridges roped, at the top is an oval shield (blank) in a panel of conventional flowers with a border of laurel leaves embossed and tooled. Funnel of russeted steel, of octagonal section at the base, spring cut-off, but without a cap; one ring at the back for suspension and a pierced prong of steel for the belt, the black leather binding slightly tooled with radiating lines.

    Italian, third quarter of the 16th century.

    Provenance: see note under A1271.

    Compare A1273, which is of like design and workmanship.

    A closely comparable flask is in the Kienbusch collection in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (cat., no. 712, pl. CLX). A similar flask, in the collection of Glasgow Museums, bears the arms of a Venetian branch of the Farnese family.