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Powder horn - Powder horn with stag and boar hunts

Powder horn with stag and boar hunts

  • Object:

    Powder horn

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bone, with wrought iron, and belt and tassels in later glazed wood frame

  • Museum number:

    A.66-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a particularly large powder horn, which style and subjects depicted suggest it is made in Germany, and that it dates from about 1650.
Powder horns 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.

Physical description

Powder horn, engraved horn with wrought-iron fittings and tasselled fringe and belt. Represented are a stag hunt and a boar hunt. It is formed from the shoulder blade of an animal.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bone, with wrought iron, and belt and tassels in later glazed wood frame

Dimensions

Height: 53.5 cm, Width: 36 cm

Object history note

The Keeper of Architecture and Sculpture, Eric Maclagan, wrote in a memorandum to the Director, Cecil Harcourt Smith, on 4th August 1921, 'This is the largest powder horn I have ever seen. The owner is in financial difficulties & tells me his father (a dealer, I think) paid £30 for it, which I can well believe. At £15 it seems to me a bargain we ought to secure, & we have nothing really like it.' The style and subjects depicted suggest this piece is German, and dates from the mid-seventeenth century.
Bought for £15 from Maurice d'Alva, London in 1921.

Descriptive line

Powder horn, bone with iron fittings and tasselled frings and belt, German, ca. 1650

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 101
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929
pp. 394, 395
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, pp. 394, 395, cat. no. 389
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929, p. 101

Materials

Bone; Wrought iron

Subjects depicted

Boar; Stag

Categories

Sculpture; Sport

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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