Gun Powder Case

Gun Powder Case

Kuppi, gunpowder case. Pigment and varnish on wood and gourd; 24 cm x 36 cm. Rajasthan. c. early 20th century. 7/3090.

Gun powder cases, like this one, with a long carved spout and originally with small lid, were hung on the waist by warriors or travellers.

The subtle floral ornamentation on the “battle” accessory is a respite from the otherwise severe function of the artefact, a practice typical of Rajasthan desert art.

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