Powder Horn with Ancestor Heads 12038
Paiwan People, Taiwan
Wood, bone, brass tacks, pigment
19th/early 20th Century
5 in/13 cm
 

Shown here is a rare form of a classical powder horn decorated with depictions of either ancestors or trophy heads. Most horns were used for gunpowder to load flint lock rifles which were akin to guns traded by the Dutch to the samurai in Japan, although some were also known to carry medicines.

Price on request

 

Thomas Murray
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Thomas Murray :: Powder Horn, Taiwan
Thomas Murray :: Powder Horn, Taiwan
Thomas Murray :: Powder Horn, Taiwan
Thomas Murray :: Powder Horn, Taiwan