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, plant fiber, metal
  • Object Length/Diameter: 12.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 4 7/8 x 1 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0823

This straight horn has a hole at the narrow end with plant fiber strung through and knotted to serve as a handle. The larger end has a piece of longitudinally folded metal emerging alongside the solidified mass which fills the open end.