An important gun powder flask carved out of walnut, mounted with etched and engraved brass plaques and nozzle. The central raised cartouches on each side showing the mythical she-wolf suckling the twins, Romulus and Remus, from the legend of the founding of Rome. The base is engraved with the name of the original owner.
Northern Italy. Circa 1600.
Dimensions: height 16,5cm ; the base : length 8,5cm x width 3,5cm
A similar flask with horn instead of wood, of the same typology and style, is kept at the Victoria & Albert museum: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O97559/powder-flask-unknown/