Cannon, anonymous, before 1745

Cannon, anonymous, before 1745

bronze, silver, gold, rubies, wood, h 54cm × w 181cm × d 77cm × l 98cm × d 43cm More details

Salutes were fired from this cannon to welcome the visitors of the king of Kandy. His symbols are found on the barrel: a sun, a half moon, and the Sinhalese lion. The Dutch seized the splendid cannon as booty during a military campaign in 1765. They presented it to Stadholder-Prince William V for his cabinet of rarities in The Hague.

On display in room 1.5 Visit via the Colonial Past tour

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