The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1580
  • Wood, antler and steel, carved and engraved
  • Height: 19 cm
    Weight: 0.3 kg
  • A1253
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, made of wood covered with antler, pear-shaped, and rectangular in section, carved on the front in high relief with the figure of Mars with naked children at his feet, within a border of Renaissance foliage. The back is decorated with putti supporting a grotesque shield with an arch in the background; the sides have bands of acanthus leaves divided by a steel strap. The rectangular steel top is etched with a quatrefoil on a granulated ground, hinged and fastened with a spring; turned funnel of bright steel with spring cut-off, the lever terminating in a satyr's mask. There are two rings for suspension.

    German, about 1580.