Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Miquelet Rifle

late 18th century
Steel, wood, ivory, copper alloys, mother-of-pearl, gold, silver, glass paste
L. 60 3/4 in. (154.31 cm); L. barrel 47 in. (119.4 cm); Cal. .48 in. (12.0 mm); Wt. 10 lb. 12 oz. (4862 g)
Credit Line:
The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
The miquelet is an early and sturdy form of flintlock popular throughout the Ottoman Empire from the seventeenth into the early twentieth century. Several elaborately decorated guns very similar to this example are still preserved in Istanbul, possibly made for the Ottoman Imperial guard.
Inscription: Inscribed on the lock: "Muhammad Ayyubi;"

On the barrel: a Turkish test mark and an undecipherable mark.
Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Bequest of Giulia P. Morosini." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 34, no. 1 (January 1939). p. 18, fig. 3, ill.

Blackmore, Howard. Guns and Rifles of the World. London: B. T. Batsford, 1965. fig. 273, ill.

Norman, A. V. B., and Cincinnati Art Museum. Treasures from the Tower of London: an Exhibition of Arms and Armour. London 1982: Lund Humphries, June 8, 1982–June 19, 1983. p. 84, sv. nos. 40, 41.

Grancsay, Stephen V., and Stuart W. Pyhrr. Arms & Armor: Essays by Stephen V. Grancsay from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1920–1964. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. p. 226, fig. 74.5, ill.

Ricketts Howard, and Philippe Missillier. Splendeur Des Armes Orientales. Paris: ACTE-EXPO, 1988. p. 126, s.v. no. 43.

Alexander, David G. The arts of war: Arms and armour of the 7th to 19th centuries. Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art ; v. 21, Vol. 21. London: Nour Foundation, 1992. p. 126, s.v. no. 72.

Alexander, David, Stuart W. Pyhrr, and Will Kwiatkowski. Islamic Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. pp. 258–260, cat. no. 108 ill.

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