Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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powder horn
  • unknown Shona maker
  • powder horn, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • horn, wood, leather, metal
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 25 x 8 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3255

The powder horn has a wooden plug nailed into the wide end of the horn. The wider end is yellow and changes to brown closer to the point. The point is left open, but there are three ridges near the end. A leather strip tied around the tip between these ridges stretches to go through a knob on the wooden plug at the other end.