Gunpowder flask

This wooden, horn powder flask carved in the shape of a bird, was used to hold gunpowder for muzzle loaders. The Batak sought firearms soon after they were introduced by Europeans. Gunpowder was loaded into the larger end, and carefully taken out through the smaller opening when required.

Date/Period
19th century
Region
Toba, Sumatra
Dimension
Object size: 9.0 x 15.5 x 0.3 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-11135
Material
WOOD
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving