Powder horn - ROM2005_5943_1


Powder horn

Maker: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)
Medium:Hand carved, cow horn, hide, brass, wood
Geography: Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario, Canada
Date: 18th century
9 × 26.5 × 8 cm
Object number: 922.1.24
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Evelyn H.C. Johnson; The Chiefswood Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture

In the early 20th century Evelyn H.C. Johnson, a member of a prominent Six Nations Mohawk family, donated to the Royal Ontario Museum a large number of objects named the Chiefswood Collection after the name of the Johnson family home. In this collection, Evelyn Johnson created a remarkable record of her family over four generations, and of events that involved the Iroquoian people at Six Nations from the end of the American Revolution to the Six Nations Agricultural Fair of 1922.

Some of the earliest objects in the Chiefswood Collection – a ball-headed club, this powder horn and a collection of silver brooches – belonged to her great grandparents, and date to the period of the American Revolution (1776 – 1783) and the War of 1812.

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