Chinese Hmong Powder Horn
Beautifully detailed carving and whimsical design make this gunpowder horn a special piece. From the Chinese Hmong, also known as Miao, in southern China, it takes the form of a rooster, with the body made of horn and the attached head of wood- the joint is imperceptible. The entire surface is carved with delicate, detailed patterns, and the rooster’s head includes a crest, eyes, wattle and feathers. A cleverly designed ergonomic handle opens the beak to release a small amount of powder, possibly to prime the charge. Condition is very good, with patination visible. We rarely see fine, old pieces like this available.
Size: (1.9 in. x 1.2 in.) @ base x 7.4 in. overall