TYPE: Artifact
DIMENSIONS: 10" long, 3 1/4" wide
COMPONENTS: cannon with arrow
CONDITION: Typical oxidation.
ITEM ID: 2259
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Chinese Nine-Barrel Pole Cannon with Arrow

DATE
Century: 16th (1501-1600)
Notes: ca. 1500-1600 AD

 A 16th-17th century Chinese nine-barrel pole cannon to be carried on a pole and directed toward the enemy. All nine barrels would be ignited and fired simultaneously from a single touch hole. The barrels on this example are very small, leading us to believe that it may have fired very small shot or even arrows. An example of such an arrow is included.