Art of Artillery
For many centuries, guns were royal and national status symbols. They were expensive to make; and even including some decoration in the design did not add greatly to the final cost.
But sometimes an especially splendid gun was required for propaganda or decorative purposes; some of which are on display here.
Decorated bronze cannon with wooden carriage carved with two furies grasping torches.
Dates from 1773 | Object number: XIX.79
Bronze cannon in the form of a dragon.
Dates from 1790 | Object number: XIX.123