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Wheellock Rifle of Emperor Leopold I

A work made of steel, brass, cherrywood, horn, staghorn.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, brass, cherrywood, horn, staghorn.

Date:

1664

Artist:

Stock: Johann Georg Maucher
German, Schwäbisch Gmünd, active 1650-1700
Lock and barrel: Michael Has

About this artwork

The cheek of the stock is decorated with the double-headed eagle, symbol of the Holy Roman Empire. A portrait of Emperor Leopold I is carved in its center, with the seven electors over the spread wings. This was likely meant to commemorate the emperor’s recent victory over the Ottomans, accomplished with the help of the electors. The rifle was one of a matching pair presented to him. The now lost mate to this gun was carved with the date 1664, the year a peace treaty was signed with the Ottoman sultan.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Johann Georg Maucher

Title

Wheellock Rifle of Emperor Leopold I

Place

Gmünd (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1660–1670

Medium

Steel, brass, cherrywood, horn, staghorn

Dimensions

L. 104.2 cm (41 in.) Barrel L. 76.7 cm (30 3/16 in.) Wt. 8 lb. 8 oz. Caliber .50

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2270

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