Very Rare Omani Musket with silver inlays (Arab texts incl. Bismallah) Spanish Portuguese shape stamps on the barrel but with Arab / Persian text.
Dating based on the style stamps on the barrel. The stamps have been photographed in detail (see slide-show) The gun is 129 cm long, which is short for this type of gun. The gun is complete with all its accessories! The book by Guillain contains probably the earliest accurate picture of an Omani matchlock.
Arab names: Abu Fathilah / Fatiyalah (Father of the match) Gizail Shirmee (short barrel matchlock)
Period: Probably 17th century. People stopped using these guns before the 1880´s.
Origin: The barrel is probably 17th century from Persia, Ceylon (Shri Lanka) or Portugal. Several reports indicate that the Omani in the 17th and 18th century were unable to cast iron, so the barrels are most likely imports.
Catalog of the Oman exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam 2009 page 147
Nederlanders aan de Kusten van Oman 1991 By Slot published by Museon p 12- 14.(Report by Paddtbrugge on page 12-14).
Islamic Art in Oman page 332 Poor example, wrong dating, poor description
Oman and its Renaissance by Sir Donald Hawley Stacey International London 1987 page 144 photo with similar item