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    Magnificent Scrimshaw Carved Bone 17th Century European Powder Flask. Approximately 11" tall. Probably carved from the thigh bone of some large animal, this exceptional powder flask features an intricately carved satyr offering a bunch of grapes to a nude maiden. In the background is an ass, mythological bird, and another young satyr with a sun figure overseeing the entire scene. The scene obviously depicts themes of fertility, bounty, and life in general. The remainder of the flask is decorated in elaborate and intricate borders, scallops, and floral designs. A carrying ring is mounted on the back of the flask and the filling tube is lightly engraved and is 1½" long. The bottom of the flask is missing. A beautiful example of 17th century European scrimshaw.

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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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