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    Sale 2271

    Indian and South East Asian Art: Including Highlights from the Star Collection

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1302

    A mother-of-pearl powder horn

    INDIA, GUJARAT, 17TH/18TH CENTURY

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    A mother-of-pearl powder horn
    India, Gujarat, 17th/18th century
    Formed from a nautilus shell with a cylindrical register around the top composed of mother-of-pearl applied in an arcaded design, the top with a rosette motif leading to a knop finial with silver stopper, with metal loop attached to the body
    9 in. (22.8 cm.)


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    Found in the Indian and Pacific oceans, the natural shiny and iridescent surface of nautilus shells made a vivid impression on 16th and 17th century collectors in the West. Objects made with this material were highly prized Kunstkammen collector pieces. Two similar powder horns were sold at Christie's London, 7 October 2008, lot 262.

    Provenance

    Private Collection, New Hampshire, before 1988
    Private Collection, Boston