The great gun known as Malik-i-Maidan or ''Monarch of the Field'', Bijapur
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Malik-i-Maidan gun, Bijapur from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s . The Malik-i-Maidan, or Lord of the Battle Plain, as it was called after the Battle of Talikota of 1565, is now located between two bastions on the western ramparts of the city. The huge gun is 4.2 metres long with a bore of 70 cm. The muzzle has the shape of the head of a lion with open jaws swallowing an elephant. It was cast at Ahmadnagar from bell metal by Muhammad Bin Husain Rumi in 1549, as recorded by two inscriptions on it and a third inscription was added by Aurangzeb when he conquered Bijapur in 1685-86.