early 19th century
steel alloy, damascened in two colours of gold
The measure is made of two pieces of metal joined by a gold seam, with a reinforcing band at the rim. The spout has a tapering opening and houses a spring device for dispensing the powder.
D. Alexander, The Arts of War. Arms and Armour of the 7th to 19th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XXI, London 1992, cat.139, p206.. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.415, p.348.