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Matchlock Gun

Date:
late 18th–19th century
Geography:
Rajasthan
Culture:
Indian, Rajasthan, possibly Gwalior
Medium:
Steel, iron, wood, ivory, gold, silver, copper alloy, pigment
Dimensions:
L. 59 7/8 in. (152.1 cm); L. of barrel 41 3/4 in. (106.1 cm); Cal. .68 in. (17.0 mm); Wt. 9 lbs. 11 oz. (4405 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Guns-Matchlock
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1933
Accession Number:
33.28.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 380
With its delicately painted stock and distinctive barrel type with an enlarged breech end, this gun was likely manufactured in Rajasthan, in northern India. Intended for the hunt, such richly decorated firearms were made for an aristocratic clientele. A similar example appears in a portrait of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628–58) from around 1635, indicating that guns of this style remained in fashion for several centuries with very little change.
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