Wheellock Gun of Philippe de Croy, Prince of Chimay (1526–1595)

Flemish, possibly Antwerp

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

This hunting gun of unusual richness and superb workmanship incorporates in its decoration the initials and the coat of arms of Philippe de Croy (1526–1595), a Franco-Flemish nobleman and Spanish grandee. Figures and scenes carved in ivory represent more than a dozen Greek gods and a series of detailed vignettes with episodes from the story of the mythological hero Perseus.

Wheellock Gun of Philippe de Croy, Prince of Chimay (1526–1595), Steel, gold, silver, wood, ivory, Flemish, possibly Antwerp

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Lock side; rear half, lock side; rear half, other side