iron copper alloy

Powder Flask

India, Mughal, 17th century

Wood, lacquer, gold, ivory, horn, iron, silver, copper alloy

Designed to hold gunpowder, this flask, shaped like a nautilus shell, is made of wood, covered with a marbled pattern of blue and black lacquer, and bordered by delicate floral designs in gold. The skill and sophistication of the decoration place this work among the most beautiful objects of its kind from Mughal India.


Romano-British Sword, 1st Century AD

Found at Hod Hill in Dorset, England. Made of iron and copper alloy. In the past this sword has usually been identified as an Iron Age piece, dating from the years immediately before the Roman conquest but it is more likely to be a Roman sword to which Celtic fittings have been added.