Malik-i-maidan, or Monarch of the Plain.
Medium: Photographic print
A photograph of the Great Gun of Bijapur from the 'Vibart Collection of Views in South India' taken by an unknown photographer about 1855. The Malik-i-Maidan or Lord of the Battle Plain is a huge gun made from bell metal by Muhammed Bin Hussain Rumi. It is 4.2 metres (14 feet) long with a bore of 70 cm (2feet 4 inches) and was sited here in 1632 after it caused havoc at the Battle of Talikota in 1565. 'It is smooth and polished externally, and on being struck emits a sound like a bell [and[ is composed apprently of the same kind of alloy as is employed in manufacturing gongs and hookah bottoms...'. This view shows the decoration at the mouth of the muzzle in the form of a monster devouring an elephant.