Malik-i-Maidan [the Great Gun of Bijapur].
Photographer: Hinton, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
A photograph of the Great Gun of Bijapur from the 'Vibart Collection of Views in South India' taken by Henry Hinten about 1860. 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. This view shows the decoration at the mouth of the muzzle in the form of a monster devouring an elephant.