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, cotton, twine, plant fiber, leather, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 27 x 7 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0825

This powder horn has a wooden stopper with a loop through it. Braided plant fiber is threaded through the loop and knotted. The plant fiber has been broken and the other end is tied around the horn. There is a wood leather ring seated between two ridges of carved horn about 2/3 down the length of the horn.