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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.202.160
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Matchlock Gun (Torador)
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
18th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Kota
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/217278
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor on paper; Rajput Style, Kota School.
Dimensions
7.8 x 24.2 cm (3 1/16 x 9 1/2 in.)
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1973 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Notes:
Object was part of temporary loan to Museum in 1973.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.202.160
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Filling the page fragment is a matchlock gun. The long stock features small silvery flowers near its extended breech, here painted dark gray. The match, which rests on top of the breech, would be ignited to set off the mechanism, which then fires the gun. The top of the long barrel is painted light gray and is decorated with flowers and other patterns. It has a decorative muzzle also painted in light gray. Such matchlocks were intended for hunting, and were made for aristocratic clientele. Rajput Style, Kota School.
Exhibition History

The Sport of Kings: Art of the Hunt in Iran and India, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/22/2005 - 06/26/2005

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