The Malik-e-Maidan—an intricately carved 16th-century cannon—is considered one of the largest medieval guns ever made. Measuring 14 feet long and weighing 55 tons, the cannon wreaked havoc at the Battle of Talikota in 1565 and is now located in Bijapur Fort. Beyond its size, its distinctive feature is the carving at the mouth of the muzzle that represents a lion devouring an elephant between its long fangs.


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Artist
English
Title
[Malik-e-Maidan Cannon, Bijapur, India]
Date
1870s
Medium
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions
Image: 7 7/8 × 10 7/16 in. (20 × 26.5 cm) Sheet: 7 7/8 × 10 7/16 in. (20 × 26.5 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Del and Sharon Zogg and various donors

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2018.5
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Charles Isaacs Photographs, Inc., New York]; purchased by MFAH, 2018.