Moroccan Powder Flask c 1760

Moroccan Powder Flask c 1760

A particularly fine example of an 18th century Moroccan gilt brass & silver mounted gun powder flask. Of moon shaped form, with raised, inset and engraved panels of flowers & leafage. With remains of gilding. Ht 19cm x 13cm x 5cm

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Moroccan damascene metalware is idiosyncratic, developed via Spain, and the Arabian Peninsula in the 15th & 16th centuries. Jewish craftsmen took the skills and knowledge to Toledo in Spain. When Muslims and Jews fled Andalusia in the 14th century, many made their way across the Mediterranean Sea to Morocco, settling in Meknesand Fez. The Jewish damascene artisans were among those expelled from Andalusia, taking their techniques and crafts to the Maghreb. Artists from Toledo, Spain, generally favored using gold inlay, silver proved to be more popular with Moroccan Berbers, who learned the craft from their Jewish neighbors. An inferior example lacking the engraved silver inset front & gilding in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London accession number 596-1908. Another, sold Christies London 2013 (£850+buyers premium).

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