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Matchlock Gun (清 鳥銃)

probably 18th–19th century
Steel, wood, copper, brass, iron, silver, gold
L. 53 1/4 in. (135.25 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 211
Matchlock guns, of both European and Turkish origin, were probably introduced into China in the early sixteenth century through sea and overland trade. Otherwise typical in its form, this gun is unusual for the lavish silver decoration running the length of its barrel, suggesting it was the personal weapon of a nobleman, either for hunting or military use.
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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