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Old 6th July 2020, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default Powder Flask.Indian, Indonesian,Nepalese ???

I have this interesting powder flask probably made from a Water Buffalo horn that I am uncertain of the origins. The writing on it would indicate where it came from, however, I am unable to identify it. It is huge; 19" long and 5.5" tall & 3.5" wide, so maybe it could be a water canteen.
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Old 6th July 2020, 06:40 PM   #2
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Canít read it, but pretty sure the inscription is Tibetan
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Old 6th July 2020, 08:19 PM   #3
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Thanks, that helps in narrowing the search.
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Old 6th July 2020, 10:33 PM   #4
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That was a good lead; I found a similar one attributed to an Exhibit from the Peabody Museum.
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Old 6th July 2020, 10:45 PM   #5
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I googled a bit as well and saw some similar pieces but nothing with an inscription like yours. Interesting! Now just to find someone who can read it ...
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Old 7th July 2020, 05:11 AM   #6
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I should have quit while I was ahead. The first reference I found on the internet stated that it was a Tibetan 19th Century powder flask on exhibit from The Peabody Museum, but I couldn't leave well enough alone. I next found 2 other references that stated that it was Tibetan and 19th century, but it was in fact a beer-drinking horn; Chhaang beer to be exact. These claims were made by "Hundred and One Antiques," and "Michael Backman ltd.," of London; based on what they were asking, maybe it is a drinking vessel, maybe what is written on the side is "Chhaang Beer, the King of Beers."
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