Greece, Revolution, and the Kariophili
Rebellious Greeks designed their Kariophili muskets as an act of subversion and resistance to their Ottoman rulers. Ottoman law prohibited Greek manufacture or ownership of firearms. It also prohibited wearing anything ornate or fancy, meaning Greeks could only wear drab, plain clothing. When the Greeks started an armed rebellion in the 1820s, they brought their suppressed culture to the forefront by creating and using ornate weapons and wearing colorful clothing. Look closely at this Kariophili to see ornate Greek design.