Tanegashima Matchlock Japanese Canon(11 views)
Description: 17th-18th century Edo period hand canon. Embellished with the cryptomeria leaf (Hollyhock) family crest in inlaid silver remnants on top of barrel. Cast iron canon with bronze firebox cover. Contemporary wood stock and pedestal. Hand cannons of this type were used from mid-16th century until 1868, primarily against castle gates, etc. Matchlock hardware (Lock plate, Hammer and trigger) all missing and not available. Japanese wood cabinet available by request. Some types of canons are shown in Japanese woodblock prints as being fired from the shoulder. Swords ruled the battlefields of medieval Japan until matchlock guns, or Harquebus, were introduced in 1543 by Portuguese traders who made landfall on the southern island of Tanegashima. News and examples of this new technology were quick to circulate, with regional lords soon adapting Japan’s long tradition of metal smiths to manufacture these new weapons. Within a few decades their use on the battlefield had irrevocably changed warfare and the ethics of samurai in battle.
Condition Report: Minor wear consistent with age. Pitted surface rust which is normal or age. Missing match cord and brass trigger mechanism.
Dimensions: 15" H x 10"D x 45"W
Medium: Bronze, Stirling Silver, Wood, Wrought Wood
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