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Powder flask: M.9-1910

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Powder flask. Horn and copper. Autumnus and Pomona, Bacchus and Ceres. The nozzle forms a measure of which the catch is in the form of a snake or dragon.

Place(s) associated

  • Augsburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1910-07-04) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1599 CE


Made from stags horn and decorated with classical scenes - on one side are Bacchus and Ceres and on the other, an amorous couple. The nozzle forms a measure of which the catch is in the form of a snake or dragon. It was quite common for firearms to be decorated with erotic scenes such as this - they were, after all, made for men!

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Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1910
Primary reference Number: 19629
Old object number: 164-1910
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 4 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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