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Powder horn

Object Number: 
1937.1407a
Date: 
1780-1840
Medium: 
Cow horn, wood, paint, felt
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 7/8 x 6 3/4 x 16 1/4 in. ( 12.4 x 17.1 x 41.3 cm )
Marks: 
incised: across center: "E. OBRIAN."
Description: 
Carved horn powder horn; wooden cover over one end, wood covered with dark (black?) wool felt with diamond-shaped piece of bone applied over center; horn incised with outdoor and town images, with exotic animals; spout end fluted and ribbed.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group