Wheellock Rifle

Gunsmith Johannes Hartel Polish, Cieszyn (Silesian)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

The lavish decoration includes personifications of the four continents: America (an Indian in a chariot pulled by unicorns), Africa (a woman in a chariot pulled by lions), Asia (a costumed figure in a chariot pulled by camels), and Europe (a queen in a chariot pulled by horses).

Wheellock Rifle, Johannes Hartel (Polish, Cieszyn (Silesian), active ca. 1650), Steel, silver, wood (red beech), staghorn, mother of pearl, Silesian, Cieszyn

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