The Prince and the Plunder

A book on how Britain took one boy and piles of treasures from Ethiopia

Matchlock gun

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What: Matchlock gun inlaid with brass and ivory, taken by the British Museum’s expert on the expedition, Richard Rivington Holmes

Where: The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

Provenance: Maqdala referenced at length in the museum’s acquisition notes.

The catalogue entry reads: “Matchlock gun (with octagonal barrel); wood (?) stock inlaid with brass and ivory.”

Museum number Af1868,1001.27
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Richard Rivington Holmes
Acquisition date: 1868

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