The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • Mid 16th century
  • Antler, bronze and steel, carved
  • Height: 22.8 cm
    Weight: 0.41 kg
  • Inscription: 'HOC FERRO/TELOOZ VIROS/SIC TERRITO/MAVORS 1532' 'With thus weapon and missile affright men, O Mars'
    Incised mark: 'P'
    Incised mark: 'I'
  • A1248
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of polished antler with three branches in base, finely carved in low relief with the nude figure of Mars and the emblems of war at his feet: the branches capped with lion's masks and the head of a wild boar. Inscribed at the top:

    ('With this weapon and missile affright men, O Mars')

    The ends of the branches are capped with antler carved in relief with the heads of a lion, a boar and a griffin, respectively. The back is incised with the letters C.P.I. Light bronze funnel of vase-shaped octagonal section with spring cut-off, but without a cap (possibly a restoration of the 18th century); four steel rings for suspension.

    German, mid-16th century.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 4; L' Art Ancien I, 26 and 84; Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 2030; L' Art pour Tous, no. 184, fig. 1671; Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1867, p. 161.

    Provenance: E. Juste aîné (Une Poire à poudre en corne de cerf sculpté, travail florentin 1532, 9,000 fr., with the saddle steels, nos. A416-7, and a casque, no. A172; receipted bill, 19 June 1865); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.
    The early date 1532 has probably been altered from 1552. In style A1248 resembles the flask, A1251, and their unusual quality has hitherto led to their being described as Italian, but Mavors is a German variant of the name of the god of war.