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Wheel-Lock Hunting Rifle
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Wheel-Lock Hunting Rifle

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Description Maucher (whose initials are on the stock) was a carver as well as stock maker. The stock is carved in relief with motifs of a hunter with his rifle and a young woman who carries a hunting hawk on her arm (a favorite form of hunting for women) and a spear. In the 1600s, women did not hunt with spears; rather, this alludes to the Roman goddess Diana who hunted with a spear and whose exploits and virtues validated hunting for its adherents. The original lock (a wheel-lock) was later replaced with a "Prague" flintlock made in the 1700s.
Provenance Richard Zschille, Grossenhain, Saxony; Henry Griffith Keasbey, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, American Art Association, New York, 1924, no. 265; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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1670 (Baroque)
steel or iron, walnut with bone or antler inlay, copper alloy
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm)


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