A North Indian Jaipur Barutdan powderflask
Barut (Gunpowder) Dan (Container) were made during the use of the Toradar matchlock rifles. Shaped like a nautilus shell, sometimes made of shell, wood, mother of pearl or like this example, lacquered.
Northern India, Jaipur – 18th / 19th century
Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Bone, Silver, Rope.
A fine example of a North Indian gunpowderflask, also known as Barutdan.
The Barutdan was ment to keep the gunpowder dry and pour the gunpowder into the barrel.
This example is made of lacquered wood. The gilded decoration on the flask shows typical North Indian style floral motif decoration. The stopper is made of wood and has a bone grip with a silver cap attached. The barutdan became out of fashion and use when the gunpowder cartridge was invented. Most of these examples date between the 17th and first half of the 19th century. This example is late 18th to early 19th century and has a great original patina.
Condition: Excellent, very good condition.
Dimensions: 16 x 19 x 9 cm
Literature: Davinder Reddy’s Arms & Armour of India, Nepal & Sri Lanka (p.280)
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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