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A carved buffalo and ivory powder horn, India, 17th/18th century
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A carved buffalo and ivory powder horn, India, 17th/18th century
Lot. Vendu 18,750 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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A carved buffalo and ivory powder horn, India, 17th/18th century
the buffalo horn carved with concentric ridges and a stylised foliate stem along upper side with carved ivory mounts, featuring an elephant-head finial with intricately carved foliate settings and leafy eyelet for hanging, notably with two further ivory eyelets on centre of body to be used for hanging, the broad aperture with finely carved ivory cap featuring a gazelle on a stylised openwork vegetal ground
40cm. length
11.6cm. max. diam. 
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Description

Powder-horns carved from buffalo horn are very rare, and notably one of this scale in which the buffalo horn was carved out into spirals, set with finely detailed ivory mounts. A similar example in the Jaipur Museum still features its original traces of polychromy and was described in "the Jeypore exhibition of 1883" as: "Of Indian carving, the powder flasks belonging to the Jeypore Court are by far the most interesting... In these there is no excess of ornament, and colour has been judiciously employed to contrast with the beautiful purity of the ivory" (Memorial of the Jeypore Exhibition 1883, volume 1, p.48).

Another comparable example is in the Clive Collection at Powis Castle, accompanied by an entry in the 1775 inventory indicating that it had once belonged to the Ist Lord Clive (Archer, Rowell, Skelton 1987, p.93, no.129). A third example is in the Tavora Sequeira Pinto Collection, Porto, attributed to Sri Lanka, sixteenth century (Gschwend and Beltz 2010, p.122, no.53).

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