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Object Title

Gun - Burmese Bronze

Gun - Burmese Bronze

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

XIX.123

Provenance

Captured by General Harry North Dalrymple Predergast (1834-1913) during the Third Anglo-Burmese War (1885) from King Thebaw's Palace, Mandalay. Presented by HM Queen Mary to the Indian Section, Victoria & Albert Museum.

Physical Description

A very ornate barrel over its entire length cast in the form of a dragon with a prominent open-jawed dragon's head at the muzzle, a row of spines along the upper edge of the barrel ending in an upright tail at the breech. This is in the position usually occupied by the base ring and a small piece at the end is missing. There are two pairs of fixtures either side of the barrel which are believed to represent rudimentary limbs. The small trunnions are centrally placed. The button in the form of a point is very ornamented.

Techniques

Cast

Materials

Dimensions

BoreDiameter94 mm
BarrelLength2845 mm
Barrellength2591 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

94 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None found.

Associations

Places Burma

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976. No.202, p.153.

Image of Gun - Burmese Bronze Cast in the form of a roaring dragon.
Image of Gun - Burmese Bronze Cast in the form of a roaring dragon.
Image of Gun - Burmese Bronze Cast in the form of a roaring dragon.
Image of Gun - Burmese Bronze Cast in the form of a roaring dragon.