Gold Guns [Vadodara]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of gold guns at Baroda, Gujarat from the Curzon Collection, taken by an unknown photographer during the 1890s. In this view, state troops are seated on the gun carriages, drawn by caparisoned bullocks, with two solid gold salute cannons behind. There were originally two gold and two silver cannons, cast in the 19th century by the Gaekwad Maharajas. One of each was subsequently melted down: 'One gold and one silver gun of the State are kept in the L.F. Battery. The gold gun contains 280lb. weight of solid gold, and is drawn by splendid milk-white bullocks stabled hard by'.