Miquelet Gun, Steel, wood, bone, copper alloy, gold, Turkish

Miquelet Gun

dated A.H. 1199/A.D. 1784–85
Steel, wood, bone, copper alloy, gold
L. 46 1/2 in. (118.0 cm); L. barrel 33 1/2 in.; Cal. .80 in. (20.0 mm); Wt. 7 lb. 11 oz. (3496 g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
Not on view
The Ottomans were quick to learn the advantages of firearms from the Europeans and were already manufacturing handguns and artillery in the fifteenth century. The Turkish armies were originally equipped with matchlock muskets, which were replaced in the late seventeenth century with those with a miquelet mechanism (a Spanish or Italian form of flintlock). The gold-damascened barrel of this example is inscribed with the name of Cezayirli Hasan Pasha, grand admiral of the Ottoman navy from 1770 to 1790.
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor from the Islamic World," February 10, 2016–December 3, 2017.

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. 261–262, cat. no. 109, ill.