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This powder flask is of carved staghorn and is made by an unknown artist in France in 1574.
The flask is decorated with a scene depicting Samson killing the lion.
Powder flasks are portable containers of wood, horn, metal, leather or ceramic used to hold the priming powder or gunpowder for firearms. They normally terminated in a metal nozzle which also served as a powder measure, closed by a plug or spring cap, and are often highly decorated.
Powder flask made of carved staghorn, the terminal pieces having become detached, decorated with a scene depicting Samson killing the lion.
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Length: 10.37 in
Powder flask made from carved staghorn, decorated with a scene depicting Samson killing the lion, France, dated 1574
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Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1855. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 94
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929, p. 71
Lion; Flask; Samson
Metalwork; Tools & Equipment; Arms & Armour; Accessories