Powder Horn, carved ivory, with original silver fittings; carved images of wild animals; Mughal Dynasty

Powder flask, 17th century

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Ivory gunpowder flasks were popular luxury items in early modern South Asia (1400–1830). Meant to be used during hunting, a favorite pastime of the elite, these flasks were often carved with intertwining animals. Both ends terminate in antelope heads, one showing a cheetah chasing a motley group of rabbits and antelopes. The body of the flask depicts a cheetah and two hounds pursuing fish, birds, dogs, deer, and rabbits, with small touches of paint highlighting the animals’ eyes. Composite animals and scenes of predators pursuing prey were common subjects in painting of the time.

Details
Title
Powder flask
Role
Artist
Dimension
11 3/4 in. (29.85 cm)
Accession Number
70.43
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Powder Horn, carved ivory, with original silver fittings; carved images of wild animals; Mughal Dynasty