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Firearm accessory

Firearm accessory

  • Place of origin:

    Kota (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved buffalo horn inlaid with ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the India Museum in 1879

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This powder horn was used to contain gunpowder for a firearm. Despite the development of other mechanisms, the simplicity and robust nature of the matchlock led to its continued use in most parts of India and surrounding regions throughout the 19th century and in some cases into the early 20th century.

Physical description

Powder flask of carved buffalo horn inlaid with ivory

Place of Origin

Kota (made)


ca. 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved buffalo horn inlaid with ivory

Descriptive line

Powder flask of carved buffalo horn inlaid with ivory, Kota Rajasthan, probably 19th century

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

Egerton, Wilbraham, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms; being a classified and descriptive catalogue of the arms exhibited at the India museum: with an introductory sketch of the military history of India, London, 1880
Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and Oriental Armour, London, 1896, p. 111, Cat. No. 432

Production Note

Transferred from the India Museum to South Kensington Museum in 1879


Arms & Armour; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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