About this object

A matchlock musket, with horn prongs. The long barrel is made of iron and is braced by two lengths of wood, extending from the stock that are fitted with panels of engraved silver, decorated with foliage, that are bound to the barrel with silver wire. The stock is of wood with a silver engraved plate fitted to the end. Attached to the right hand side of the stock is a leather strap with additonal silk panels inserted. The lock is also decorated with a plate of engraved silver. At the end of the barrel a pair of antelope horn prongs are attached that can be rotated to act as a stand to rest the gun upon when in use. These too are decorated with silver plates. Attached to the barrel is a tablet woven strap decorated with swastikas and vertical bars.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th - 20th Century
  • Materials
    Horn Antelope; Skin Leather; Textile Silk; Iron; Silver; Brass; Wood; Fibre Textile Cotton
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 1913
  • Measurements
    90 mm x 80 mm x 1825 mm; 3 9/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 71 7/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: A very similar prong gun is recorded in Bell's List of Curios No 233. This gun is in the British Museum collection. Many prong guns like these were taken as trophy items by the British military during the Younghusband Expedition of 1903-04. It appears that Bell collected this before 1913 and most likely from a Tibetan Trader.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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