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Miquelet Rifle of Ali Pasha

Date:
lock and stock, dated A.H. 1224/A.D. 1809–10; barrel, 18th century
Culture:
lock and stock, Algerian; barrel, European
Medium:
Steel, wood, silver, copper alloy, textile
Dimensions:
L. 67 in. (170.3 cm); L. barrel 50 7/8 in. (129.2 cm); Cal. .70 in. (18.0 mm); Wt. 10 lb. 9 oz. (4800 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Guns
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold, Mrs. William Sloane and John Sloane, 1943
Accession Number:
43.82.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 380
Algerian firearms are typically very long and fitted with smoothbore barrels imported from Europe. The finest guns have stocks inlaid with silver (and occasionally gold), pierced and engraved with meandering floral and geometric designs. This example is unusual in bearing the name of the maker, his patron (an aga, probably an official at the court of the dey of Algiers), and the date. The silver is struck with an Algerian hallmark.
Marking: Stamped on barrel: F.C., crowned; also on the barrel: 2 and 3.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor from the Islamic World," February 10, 2016–January 2, 2017.

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