Middle east & caucasus
A Rare and Fine Caucasian Powder Flask
Caucasian Powder Flask
Date: Early 19C.
Powder flasks were always important part in the accessories set of firearms. When it comes to fine sets, the flasks were decorated en-suite with the gun, and carried together. The flask shown here is Caucasian in origin but in the shape of Persian flasks, which were very popular in all the middle east and around. Silver with fine engraving, partially gilded and nielloed and set with green and red gem stones. Similar flasks can be seen in the V&A collection (part of group of flasks) museum number 354 1864.
The decoration and the use of green and red stone suggest a Georgian origin first half of the 19C. A Georgian Qama dagger with a similar decoration in the Hermitage collection, inventory number 3003, is attributed to Tiflis 1823 – 1829. (Y.A. Miller see below)
Length 7 inches.
Yurij A. Miller “Caucasian Arms from the State hermitage Museum St. Petersburg” Page 81 Fig 24
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