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Antique Cannon Lantaka, 18th century

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Antique Cannon Lantaka, 18th century

18th century cast bronze SWIVEL-CANNON known as “Lantaka”, “Rail Gun” or “Deck Cannon” used by the legendary Malay pirates, with small cannon-balls it was a powerful offensive weapon. Lantakas were manufactured during the 17th and early 18th century in Holland by Dutch East India Company for export to Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. Later in the 18th century most of them were cast in Indonesia by Dutch colonists and also by local people. Since the bronze cannons were very expensive they become a symbol of wealth and a form of currency; in fact the more cannon a man owns the greater his wealth.
DETAILS: This particular example shows a beautiful green patina and traces of deep pitting, huge barrel is decorated on centre with finely sculptured figure of lizard, diamond shape decorations, seven reinforcing rings and octagonal muzzle, open touch- hole has rear sight pins and a ball probably early type of front sight. Cannon has two small trunnions and the swivel base.
MEASUREMENTS: overall length: 52 inches (132cm), weight: approximately 70 LBS.

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