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Powder horn

December 31, 1649
Art and Calligraphy
Shah Jahan 1627–1658




Powder horn 1600s-1700s India, Mughal, 17th-18th century Jadeite, iron inlaid with brass Overall: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.) Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.351 DESCRIPTION Like the firearms themselves, powder horns were made as courtly accessories to be worn as objects of beauty. Most Mughal nobles also served as military commanders, and accouterments of war would be worn as part of their formal attire. For this reason, artisans used precious materials such as white jade, which in this example has been carved with leaf and petal patterns, its natural black inclusions treated as ornament. Pressing down on the simple mechanism opens the hollow inner chamber from which small amounts of gunpowder were administered into the pan of a matchlock musket. PROVENANCE ?-1989 Severance A. [1895-1985] and Greta Millikin [1903-1989], Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art 1989- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH EXHIBITION HISTORY The Severance and Greta Millikin Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 5-September 2, 1990). Art and Stories from Mughal India. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (July 31-October 23, 2016).

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