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Matchlock Gun

late 18th–19th century
Indian, Rajasthan, possibly Gwalior
Steel, iron, wood, ivory, gold, silver, copper alloy, pigment
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)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1933
Accession Number:
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor from the Islamic World," February 10, 2016–January 2, 2017.

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